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Beyond 531 1.3


#1

Hi

Just starting 1.1 - 1.4.

I noticed on 1.3 that each day usually begins with a TM x PR followed by joker sets. Wondering what the rep/set scheme I am supposed to be using for TM x PR portion?

Thanks


#2

You work up to your TM.

Then you try set a rep record. For example, if your TM is 300lbs and your best is 7 reps. You try go for 8 or more reps on the TM set.

Remember you need to do this for 4 weeks in a row.


#3

Thanks for the reply

I see what your saying. I just can’t imagine hitting anymore than maybe three reps on my PR lift. Just doesn’t leave much room for joker sets.


#4

1.3 is 10 weeks away for you, you’ll get stronger - even with the TM bumps. You can always start with a lower TM if you are really worried about it.


#5

I have an additional question for 1.3. I need some clarification on the Joker part. I have read and understood the part about Jokers in the Beyond book.

But I cant figure out how to use it in this context.

I work up and go for rep max on my TM, and then the Joker sets - but at what rep range are they done? In 1.3 you dont follow the traditional 531 scheme. Is the Jokers for singles, or the rep range corresponding to the week I´m in?


#6

It is my understanding that after the TM, you would assess if you felt you could make say a 10% jump and get the desired reps, so if its a 3 week, can you get a 3 rep joker set at that next weight? If you complete that then you can go up again or if you feel can’t get 3 more reps at a higher weight you could do a single or just call it a day at the previous set. Just be 100% certain that you will not miss any reps. If it’s a 1 week, go for a single, if its a 5 week for a joker set of five reps if you plan on doing them that day. Just my 2 cents!