Just wanted to make sure everyone knew you can now order the new 531 Forever book at jim wendler’s website, and it’s on sale for a short time. He also has some cool apparel on there, which show your support of Jim and the 531 method without looking like a shirt with some lame crossfit exercise slogan.
I’ve been aware of 531 for a few years at least, but for some reason dismissed it and never learned what it was about (let alone trying it). I think I assumed it was some overly complicated, prescribed method that would be boring, and be only applicable to aspiring power lifters.
After actually learning what the program was about, I started the Beyond 531 1.1 - 1.4 and have had more fun with my training, and feel better, stronger, and more athletic. At first, 531 seems overly simplistic but that’s the charm of it. I like how the program keeps you grounded and progressing, and for whatever reason the framework of the 531 main lift, supplemental work, and assistance makes great sense when you’re in it. It has a Zen feel to it, as if this is the way we were meant to train. I also like that Jim is pushing conditioning and mobility, which I’ve been diligent about for years and agree that it’s vital piece to the overall program (which is too often neglected). I was messing around trying to design my own programs (because, you know, I know WAY more than guys like Jim) before getting into the 531 program. Strangely, it still feels like my own personal program because of the use of my TM, the assistance lifts, etc… but, unlike something I would design, it is actually a program worth doing.
Looking forward to getting book. Keep up the good work!