Hey Jim, firstly I want to say your work rocks. I own both 531 second edition and Beyond and have been making awesome progress for a few years now. I’ll never be able to thank you enough!
I follow the original 2 day/week template (S+B / D+P) and run the different assistance programs like FSL and its variations, Jokers etc with it. I change it up every 6 weeks to keep it fresh but I never stray away from how it is written in the books. I also do BJJ (which is why I do the 2 day/week template) but have recently injured my knee. An MRI has shown a medial meniscus tear amongst some other things which will need cleaning up but has left me on the sidelines on the training front. I’ve got surgery booked in for a month’s time with some recovery time obviously scheduled in afterwards.
My question is what do I do now? BJJ is out. Squats and Deads are out (I have no stability and power in my bung knee, plus I dont want to aggravate it further). I feel like fuckin tree sap. Since the injury I have been maintaining two days a week in the gym just doing the Bench part and Press part of each respective workout. Should I just accept that injuries are shit or keep building the upper body so I look like a house built on match sticks? I’ve got at least 2-3 months before I can start thinking about my lower body again. Honestly I feel a bit lost what can you suggest?