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God is a Beast Template Assistance Work

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#1

I made a small mistake for the single leg/core assistance work for my God is a Beast routine. On my squat day, I included Goodmornings 5x10 and Split Squats 3x10. I start my second leader wave next week so this is a good time to rectify this. To follow the 25-50 reps recommendation, I need to drop one. I am not sure which to drop. I do Back Extensions on my Deadlift day, which would be a reason to drop the Goodmornings and if I drop the Split Squats then I’m not doing any assistance for my quads. I like Goodmornings because they work so many muscles and after not squatting for awhile since I was sick off and on for a month, working my lower back twice a week is a good call especially since I wear a belt. On the otherhand, I can tell my legs aren’t equally strong toward lockout.

I know assistance exercises are assistance and I am not ignoring the fact that just doing squats and deadlifts strengthen your quads, but this part of the routine doesn’t seem very balanced if I am not doing anything for my quads. I like Goodmornings a LOT more than Split Squats (one of my least favorite exercises), but I prefer to choose accessories, which will help me rather than just what I like more.

Should I drop the Goodmornings, drop the Split Squats, or another option? Thank you.


#2

Good mornings are supplemental rather than assistance. Drop them.


#3

Thank you. That is a good point and I don’t mind doing that, but in 5/3/1 Forever, Wendler listed Goodmornings under an option for single leg/core assistance. I should still drop the Goodmornings?


#4

Do what you need to do to accomplish your goals.


#5

I agree with you. I need to drop one of them and the Goodmornings seem like a good call. I was wondering why my squat workouts seemed longer than they should. I can’t believe I missed that mistake for so long.


#6

Do good mornings on the day you squat and leg press/split squats on the day you deadlift and keep at it for 6-12 weeks.


#7

I like that idea, but I do back extensions on my deadlift day, which counts for my 25-50 single leg/core work. Should I drop the back extensions 5x10 and replace them with the goodmornings 5x10?


#8

Well, thats my suggestion - If you really like good mornings that much, then back raises shouldn’t take it’s place.


#9

I’d stick with split squats, unilateral work is often neglected for bigger movements, but like pwnisher said it’s gotta work towards your goal


#10

Then replace the leg presses with split squats if that is your experience.


#11

Leg Presses? I’m not doing leg presses.


#12

The message was to the guy above me (kleinhound).


#13

Oh I wasn’t trying to suggest that to you sorry man, I was just giving my two cents to the OP. Sorry about the confusion.