well, hello everyone. Anyone miss me? I've been on the shelf since July - completely tore my right pectoral muscle. Needed surgery to reattach it, developed a massive hematoma after surgery, which required a SECOND surgery! Needless to say, it's been a long depressing road since then...
Anyway, I followed 5/3/1 for over 2 years with awesome results, NO injuries, which for an over 35 lifter, is pretty damn good. Last spring, an old friend of mine opened a cross fit place, but being an ex-strongman, his programming wasn't typical CrossFit - his place does heavy strength work every day, followed by a 10-20 minute met con. Perfect...or so I thought.
His trainer (a great guy) had us lifting 1, 2, or 3 rep maxes on all 4 big lifts, multiple times per week... week after week. at first, it was great. Worked my into the top spot on all the big 4 lifts on the whiteboard (which certainly stoked my 38 year old ego). But didn't take long for injuries to start accumulating. First, a fractured fibula, then, as soon as that healed - the pec tear!
I learned a hard lesson. For an older lifter, the 5/3/1 principles are pure GOLD! I LOVE this new 5/3/1 program from the article today!! I won't be cleared for full lifting until January, but when I am, I will start this program to a "T",, and I think I will even give the supplement regiment a go.
Maybe I will even document my progress for the fun of it!!!