I agree with ^ and would add that (for me) it took trial-and-error to learn what worked and what didn’t work for me. One of the nice things about 5/3/1 is that there’s always a plan that fits my goals. If I want to train for a 10k with my wife, no problem; if I want to focus on burning off some fat and minimize loss of strength, no problem; if I want to push the growth, no problem.
The best lessons I learned from reading Wendler’s stuff are to focus on your specific goals; to not believe that more always equals more; and to not screw around with the program.[/quote]
Glad to read someone else who loves running! For a few years my primary focus was solely powerlifting, eating like a horse and getting stronger no matter what.
It took me a few injuries and other set backs in life to re-evaluate what was more important so I started running and hated it, I ran some more and got better at it, got a few shin splints but worked through it. Now, 6 months later I love it! IÂ´ve lost some weight, from 95kg to current 83kg (at185cm), the strength has gone down some, but IÂ´m whiten range of my old lifts in a couple of months based on how I feel and progress. I have re-evaluated my food, and nowadays I am more thoughtful and keep everything in check - IÂ´ve realized that since I dropped the idea of setting powerlifting records, there is no need for me to eat like there is no tomorrow. The strength, or my estimation of what strength levels I want to obtain doesn’t require me to eat like an horse.
A few days ago I remembered a quote from our mentor, Mr. Wendler from en article here at T-Nation;
“I think most guys â?? even guys with all kinds of time to train â?? would be better off stripping down their volume and stepping up their conditioning,” says Wendler.
"Something almost magical happens to the body when you get in great condition. You look better, feel better, and you perform better.
This is essentially what we did when I played football and I seem to recall that everyone on the team was in shape."
This is from the Reloaded article and it caught me how right he was, again. So for everyone here, take his words and his advices in consideration, because he is a really good guy!