I keep a running Word document for quotes I find from various coaches. Call it a job requirement/perk. Not surprisingly, Wendler (and Rip) show up many times. Some top Wendlerisms:
"Training is a taco."
"Just train and then take the vacation. When you get back, start training again.
If one trains hard in the weight room, uses AirDyne every day, jumps 3-4 days/week, runs hills/Prowler 3 days week - these "life" vacations are deloads that won't matter. You come back home and you can immediately jump back on the horse.
The problem is that people rarely take advantage of the time they have at home. Anything less than 100% compliance with ATTENDANCE and EFFORT is not conducive to reaching your goals.
It takes NO TALENT and your GENETICS don't matter in regard to attendance and effort. Just like it takes NO TALENT/GENETICS to be in-shape and to make yourself stronger than you were before.
So the problem is never about the deload or the vacation.
When I'm on vacation, I'M ON VACATION.
I've made the 'gotta find a place to train' mistake way to many times." - Wendler, discussing the "importance" of training on vacation.
"A training day is only one part of a training decade, so just chip away."
"My wife trains pretty hard, so here are the things she does, that are totally unique to those with labia:
Deadlifts for PR's.
Presses a lot.
She also does a lot of Prowler work, chins, push-ups, ab work, reverse hyperextensions and glute bridges. ... In other words, we do the same stuff with her as we do with people who are Con Meat."
"Best strength book in the world; training log. Teach you more about training than ANY book."
"5/3/1 is not a program based on building "back" or "arms" - we are building much more. And 100% of the time, when you train for something bigger and better than "pipes", you end up getting pretty big muscles too. And if you really internalize what the program is about then you CAN become a stronger person. And this CAN make you a better person.
So while there is nothing wrong with wanting big "wings" or whatever, you are shortchanging yourself, as a person and a lifter."