Serving on active duty with the US Army has meant I’ve come across the KISS principle in its guises. KISS, or Keep it Simple Stupid (or Shithead depending on the speaker), really applies for strength and conditioning too.
A bit about me, 5’6", 183 lbs, with a max Bench of 222.5 lbs, max squat of 292.5 lbs, deadlift of 405 lbs, power clean of 202.5 lbs, and press of 170 lbs. Been running 5/3/1 since November 2015, of late (1 year plus) using the Template for a Noncompetitive Powerlifter from 5/3/1 for Powerlifting. Goals are simple: get strong with good conditioning to withstand the rigors of military service and ensure a good quality of life when I’m on civvy street with grey pubes.
Having read and applied principles from the various 5/3/1 books, to include 5/3/1 Forever and several articles (to include Taxpayer and Balance) on 2x/week training for the past two years. I’ve gone and redesigned my 5/3/1 Template for my next duty station that entails 10 days per month of ‘no gym’ environments.
I’ve found going after PRs on the 3x3 weeks and 5/3/1 weeks played by ear (and using Joker Sets if I have an exceptionally good day on those weeks) and just doing 5s on 3x5 weeks works best for me.
Assistance work is predominantly bodyweight and kettlebell based, I don’t major in the minors here. Conditioning is running and foot marching based with a steady diet of kettlebell ballistics mixed in. I’ve got no queries here.
My 2x lift days are this:
Jumps and Throws
Power Clean (See Below)
Jumps and Throws
Weighted Chins (Optional)
My plan is to try to come off of those 10 days in the field rotations (driving/walking around the desert grading units during training rotations) at the start of a 3x5 week or if it happens to be on a 5/3/1 week play it by ear.
My plan for the power clean is this (based on what I’ve seen in 5/3/1 Forever and around here at times):
3x3 Week do 5x5/3/1 @ 3 reps at a 75% Training Max (I’ve even considered 70% TM)
3x5 Week do 5x3 FSL
5/3/1 Week do TM x 10 anyway I can.
Just curious if that’s the right sort of way to approach using the power clean on a 2x/week schedule. Was there something I missed?