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From 5/3/1 sets to 5s Pro


#1

How have people made this transition? Especially those who could not make 5 reps on their last 1+ set?

Go back three cycles and start from there? Plough ahead? Leave the TM the same? Recalculate your TM? etc...

How did your approach work out?


#2

I was wondering the same thing as well. I would assume 90% of your 5rm would become your 1rm ?!?!


#3

Please re read the book.

“Start light/Progress Slow” rings a bell?

Please don’t make things complicated where they are not.


#4

Recalculate your 1RM off your last 5/3/1+ performance. In the book jim says to use as much cushion as you need…which means that you don’t have to set your TM at 90%. If you do set it at 90%, assuming that your 1rm is accurate, you should be able to get 5 reps on the 1+ week but you won’t be leaving much of a cushion…especially when you start adding weight every cycle. If you want a bigger cushion set your TM at 85% so that way you get more “momentum” into the later cycles.

Hope that helps


#5

[quote]rubenhuante wrote:
Recalculate your 1RM off your last 5/3/1+ performance. In the book jim says to use as much cushion as you need…which means that you don’t have to set your TM at 90%. If you do set it at 90%, assuming that your 1rm is accurate, you should be able to get 5 reps on the 1+ week but you won’t be leaving much of a cushion…especially when you start adding weight every cycle. If you want a bigger cushion set your TM at 85% so that way you get more “momentum” into the later cycles.

Hope that helps[/quote]

In general, you shouldn’t base your TM off your best performance. It should be based on your average performance.