This is Jeff Roark, we spoke on the phone years ago and used to communicate a bit through email. I was digging around on some forums recently and someone made a reference to “grey pubes”, I laughed and thought classic Wendler. This past week after loads of Judo throws and digging too deep too many times I got myself a minor low back injury during deadlifts. I have been doing very good on my lifts the past two months but at 40+ years old, the too heavy over and over with 2 hard session of Judo and BJJ per week just caught up with me. I knew better to be going so hard and heavy after a night of being thrown hard countless times, but flying by the seat of my pants and not listening to my body caused me to pay the price. On top of this my BJJ coach and I had talked about training and he said he sticks with 5-3-1 as it keeps him within his means. All this sent digging for the grey pubes stuff.
I quickly realized that the TM is the main thing that I am missing in my training. The TM is the control that I need especially with the age and other activities. I have accurate gym maxes to base my training max on and I’m going to start at 85% and enjoy the ride. While looking on your blog I read a post where you gave a program just doing to main lifts with 5-3-1 and then following up with body weight work. Last year when I started BJJ all I did was run and BW exercises and let me tell you I didn’t lose much strength, if any. What I did seem to lose I had it back in record time. So, I’m going to take that articles advice, along with my own experience and make my assistance work body weight only.
Here is a few of my recent lifts. If you notice on the board I have 5, 3, and 1 maxes, but they are true RM. Been gunning at them and it got me! Anyway, here are a few recent vids of recent PRs.
thanks for the good training info you have shared over the years. I’ll be using the TM tool now to make sure I do no harm with my training. Speak later and I’ll try to contribute a bit along the way.