Forever 5/3/1 divides assistance work into three categories: push, pull, single leg/core. Each template has a range of reps to reach depending on goals (conditioning load, etc) which are explicitly stated.
Assuming that you want to get the prescribed of reps in for assistance movement and that assistance movements should NOT affect your lifts, doesn’t this mean that we can do assistance work whenever we want as long as we are smart, don’t add to the carefully-designed template, and don’t turn it to some stupid P90X kind of circuit-training? The reason I ask is because I’m doing my 7th Week Protocol (Training Max Test), today was bench day, and I supersetted some pulling work with the bench press. Because supplementary work is not included, I had a few reps left to complete for pulling, and then I had 25-50 reps to do for both pushing and single-leg core.
If we are to assume assistance is light enough to not affect main lifts, wouldn’t it mean from a logical standpoint that if one wants to shorten their time at the gym, they can superset the two movements (or even giant set the three movements) to complete the required number of reps? Does being able to do a giant set mean that I am not working hard enough in the assistance work? Or is it advised that I do the assistance whenever and however long (or short) it takes, as long as I am not treating this as conditioning?
I feel like it’s the latter after reading through the forums and reading Jim’s writings, but I want to hear from you guys since I could be overlooking something. Is this the right approach?