Thank you for the time and attention to my question. I appreciate letting me know that the big stuff is the 5/3/1 base. It is very easy to get caught up in how much you can add to the bar each workout for Joker sets. Personally, I do well moving my bodyweight, utilizing weighted pullups one day and body weight pullups another day (alternating grips and implements) as well as dips.
The big weights are what get me the most. I have had a stagnate max for quite sometime and I really, really want to break the 400 mark on squat. I have a similar problem with bench. My press and deadlift have crept along better than the former. I kind of thought that the Jokers may help me break through if I use them often.
I will heed to your advice, however, and utilize them on 3x3 and 5/3/1 for one more cycle, before adjusting. I have a meet approximately 6 weeks after that point and will adjust to some practice singles and reduce the FSL volume. I do have my eye on being great but rest and recovery is difficult with a young, working family and a 24 on/48 hr off work schedule.
That said, have you/do you have any recommendations for firefighters who battle a difficult schedule for rest and recovery, who also have to maintain a level of conditioning necessary for job performance? I realize that I am trying to please many masters but when it comes down to it, I just want to be a great dad, husband, firefighter, and a strong son of a bitch.
I am truly thankful for what I have learned thusfar from your books and the all of the information you have put out there, not to mention the time you take to tend to all of these questions. If available and necessary, do you do consults?