I have been racking my brain for 3 weeks now on which template I should use and have arrived at no conclusion. I just finished the intermediate phase of Mark Rippetoe’s Starting Strength program. I had great results with that system but I am no longer able to make weekly increases in weight and I am ready to start something which i know will provide me with consistent strength gains on a more long term (periodized) basis, enter the 5/3/1 program. I love the 5/3/1 program I have done it and had success with it in the past and am excited to put into play now that my strength has gotten where it should be. I just have no idea where to start.
So, in short, here’s the deal, I have looked at every template Jim has written about and these are the three i like most:
-Full body Full boring
-The original 5/3/1 N.O.V
-Original 5/3/1 with simplest strength template for assistance lifts.
The problem is they all seem to work for me and, yet, at the same time they all have their respective drawbacks that make them seen as though they wont work for me.
My goals are to continue to make strength gains on the four main lifts, look as though I am strong and not like the typical fat power lifter, and being able to perform and use the strength i have. there is nothing worse to me than being the guy who squats enough to break the bar but is so poorly conditioned he cant walk down the street.
In short: I want to be strong, look strong, and be able to perform strong.
Thanks for listening and for any input.