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#1

Hey everybody. I wanted to ask everyone a quick question. I’ve been trying to lose some fat and love handles and have tried a few different things. Anyway, I’m tired of all of the bullshit and gimmicks out there. I want to get back to strength training like I used to do and a gradual fat loss diet. However, my main goal is to lose some fat. My question is what is the best 5/3/1 variation to follow for fat loss? Also, is it best to do the conditioning after the workouts or on off days? Or is there something else out there I should do? (I have ran 5/3/1 before, read 5/3/1 and beyond 5/3/1).


#2

I definitely remember reading in several of Jim’s writings that hard conditioning should be done after lifting and not on off days. As to the best 5/3/1 variation, it depends on your conditioning levels, diet, etc. I have seen 5’s Pro + FSL 5x5 to be recommended the most often to maintain/gain strength when conditioning is pushed or when there is extra physical stressors and other factors that affect recovery.