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My 5/3/1 Challenge Need a Help


#1

I started this program with a balls to the wall additude. I like it alot. Only problem I am having is on bench day I started alittle lighter than I should have maybe.on my last set were you do as many as you can I can do 13 reps I think that is to much ,right. I could have maybe do a few more but stoped. Also on your ass. work how many sets and reps for them. Thanks Mike

Big Jim is the man and I love is F' it additude makes me want to lift more.


#2

Which challenge are you referring to?


#3

Mike 13 reps is fine. Just keep going as is. Jim has said 1000 times, "start too light". As your training max raises, your reps will decrease.


#4

Did you hit 13 reps on a 5's week or a 1's week or what? What were the minimum reps for that weight?

Just some anecdotal advice from me:

I'm just now finishing up my 5th month since I started a fresh 5/3/1. In my first 1's week on bench, I got 8 reps. Just yesterday, in the fifth 1's week I've had since I started I hit my top bench set for 7 reps. The weight was 20lbs heavier.

Don't worry about starting too light. If you're still hitting 13 reps on your last set 6 months from now, you got a lot fucking stronger.


#5

All right boys thats all good news I guess I should have loaded a little more info for ya'll. First week of 5/3/1 first bench day had one hell of a warm up prior to starting which was good. First week 65 75 85% my max starting working rep max was 250 . I can bench 300 for one rep after alittle warm up but after that I'm done lol. I have 3 goals in mine. I want 405 max bench , 495 max squat, 585 dead, and as much as I can on the standing press. I hope to get all this done by 2015. If I train as hard as I can do you think this is do able.


#6

If you benched 500 for 13 reps, would you complain?


#7

Nope dont guess I would Jim lol. I got one more thing to ask. Will it hurt anything if I miss one of my lift days if I put 2 of them together. I have 3 boys a wife and work all the time ,life gets in the way sometimes. This would not be a habit to get started, but this week I came up short one day because of work then peewee football practice.

I like the 4 day a week training schedule then at least 2 days for conditioning found me a big hill and ask the wifey for a prowler II for xmas. Thanks Big Jim for making me want to lift more and lose weight {fat} I have been watching all your you tube videos and learning alot. One thing I watched last night was doing shoulders it is very important never really pushed that subject but I will. Mike


#8

Well just finished my first week of 5/3/1 and holy shit. Today was leg day and damnit I couldnt hardly get in the truck to drive home life is good. I just wish I had found this program along time ago. Thank you Jim Maybe one of this days i'll get to meet you and shake you hand to say thanks Mike


#9

Nope combine deadlifts an OH press and bench with squat. Get the important shit done.. Something simple do your 5/3/1 for both lifts an 50 chins an be done.. Easy, in and out, affective . Just my opinion from experience . Keep grinding