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Just Got Forever Book. What are Spinal Taps?

So I was so excited to get 5 / 3 / 1 Forever that I even selected two day shipping. I have to say I am incredibly disappointed. The amount of jargon he uses is absurd. Spinal taps, FSL, SSL, Joker Sets, 5 Pro’s, etc. Working full-time, being a part-time student and paying $45 for this book I expected it to be a bit more concise, there is not even a table of contents!

Did you get the initial 5/3/1 second edition book? did you order it from Jim’s site. It has been suggested that you read this book first. Jim is pretty straight forward with what he is saying. a lot of people have had success with this program, maybe it’s you?


I’ve read Forever cover to cover at least twice and never once does the phrase “Spinal Taps” occur.

Is the issue that you’re skimming it by chance? It SHOULD just be “Spinal Tap”, which refers to a program.

Read the WHOLE book. Read every letter. You paid good money for it.

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What you are referring to as “jargon” are simply abbreviations. If you read the beginning of the second set last (ssl) section or first set last (fsl) sections it is spelled out in plain English. Using abbreviations actually makes it much easier to skim through multiple templates once you understand what the abbreviations stand for.

Spinal Tap isn’t just a routine, it’s a method Black Army Jacket routine uses “Spinal Tap” sets

Lol. I paid 45$ for this book. I’m not paying for another

sounds like you have it figured out. good luck

I didn’t say Spinal Tap was a routine: I said it was a program. Again, this is the sort of skimming and inattention to detail I’m referring to. In the context of Black Army Jacket, it would be the supplemental programming.

The Spinal Tap sets of BAJ are laid out on page 116. It’s that column that starts with SETS and REPS on the top.

I don’t disagree with everything you say, as the book can be a bit overwhelming to digest if you’re not versed in 531. I gave my copy to a friend, and they found it indecipherable. A table of contents and glossary could help, but it might not be Jim’s style. That said, I have read it through a couple of times now, and ran many of the programs. I can’t imagine you won’t get your money’s worth on the $45.

My advice:

  1. As others said, read it all the way through. Some of the acronyms/names are laid out within programs, then referred to later. Also, reading through many programs gets you familiar with the system and gives you a lot of choices where to begin.
  2. Pick a program and start it. As you work through it, some of the initially confusing parts will clarify.

5’s Pro are another concept that I see mentioned in many programs but have never seen an explanation

Page 129 lays out 5s pro with 5x5 Second Set Last. It’s the top column that says “Week One, Week Two, Week Three”

You can also find it on page 64. Same heading.

I asked how on the other post about how you said it was not all laid out, but now I see. It seems you have an issue with reading books and understanding the material presented to you.

I have said this many times and apparently no one realizes they need to actually read all of a book to understand it rather than skip to the programs section. If you open up your book to the introduction page, the first two sentences say how the book is intended as a successor to Beyond and the OG book. Jim continues in the second sentence to say one should have a good grasp on the program prior to reading this one. Stop blaming the book you are not wanting to read.


The information can be overwhelming. Take your time and read it. Also, the whole ‘I’m not buying another book because I don’t understand shit because I didn’t actually read it’ is idiotic. It literally mentions everything you’ve had questions on.

The benefit of all this abundance of info and acronyms/program names etc is that you get an entirely self-contained system, using ‘fun’ terms named after bands and songs etc which can then be fitted together interchangeably to create endless programming options which are in line with Jim’s principles. This gives everyone a framework and a common language to speak in, but yes only once you’ve read through the book, which surely is part of the fun!

Do you feel this way about all books?