Hello everyone !
Long time reader, first time poster.
I’ve been doing crossfit for 8 months and decided in September I need to build muscle. Did my homework, got 5/3/1 and started the program. I preferred it to all the programs suggested for beginners (such as SS, for example), simply because I LOVE the variety thats offered with assistance exercises (mainly the ones contained in the Beyond 531) and also, my schedule is insanely hectic and I cant make a proper gym schedule and 531 philosophy seemed to fit my needs.
Well 3 months later, I think I sort of went overboard with the diet cuz I gained some noticeable flab (20% bodyfat atm) and my gains arent so great (i stalled on the 5 phase). I dont mind either - it was my first run and its experience ! However, many people keep suggesting I try a program with linear progression. Just being rational, I know in SS you raise the weight each week, whereas in 531 I’d raise each new phase, i.e. every 3 weeks or so.
So I know many of you here are big fans of Jim here, what would your opinion on this be ? Also beimg at 20%bf, should i aim to cut first or just go balls out amd continue eating amd training (learnimg from experiemce though) Cheers !