I didn't get 5 reps in the 531 week at the end of my first 5 month cycle, and asked Jim for advice. His suggestion was to work harder on recovery. So I sleep more now, probably 30-45 minutes more nightly on average, and also switched from four days a week in the weight room to three. Everything is coming along nicely, I set PR's all the time now and am very happy! Thanks, Jim!
The exception is my squat. I really have some issues with it, and I am sure it's technical. I've been falling forward coming out of the hole above certain weights. I've increased the mobility and ab work much and have found some cues that's been helping me, I believe I'm moving in the right direction now. However I reset my TM so it is low, and while working on the technique I also feel I have had very little muscular development in my lower body compared to my upper body, which my girlfriend claims has gotten significantly bigger since starting 531. This lack of muscle is of course due to my bad squatting. I eat plenty.
I just did 3 cycles of BBB with all lifts and am now going to do the to last cycles with 5x5 FSL.
However, how should I do with the squat?? Another template?
I feel I should do loads of squatting to nail the technique and get stronger through a high volume, but I don't trust my instincts regarding training one bit. In this, I am a total amateur. Advice?
Do the full body template?
Just keep doing squats once every 10 days with 531, or maybe 5's PRO, and FSL, and lots of patience?
Loads of single leg squats and abs and lower back assistance; good mornings??
I'm at loss, hope for some advice.
Age soon 45, 6.2 tall. Started "working out" a few years ago, not done much sports before in my life. Trained 531 since August. As mentioned before, every other lift feels good and is developing and I'm hoping for some good results now that two months of PR work is coming up!