Hey everyone. First off let me thank everyone for all the info i read on this forum. Very helpful. I just finished my third cycle of 5/3/1. Love it, it’s been working well for me and i have been making good progress. I’m 39 years old and found this a great routine, however it is beginning to get tough.
I do a Beginner 5/3/1 routine from Jim’s blog. Basically 3 days a week, ABA/BAB - Squats/Chest and Deads/Military @ 5/3/1 followed by 5x5 FSL and then Push/pull/abs or legs assistance.
At this point my numbers are the following:
Deads - 95% 1+ set is 265lbs - i do 10 reps, put the weight down for 40 seconds, and do another 10 reps. I feel i am still progressing well with deadlifts and i’m not feeling the stall yet.
Squats - 95% 1+ set is 250lbs - i did 5 reps and had to rack the weight. Took a minute to breath and did another 2 reps that were quite tough. I believe i’m starting to stall on the Squat.
Military - 95% 1+ set is 150lbs - did 3 reps, it was really tough. Went back and did 1 more rep. Been definitely feeling the stall on this lift!
Bench - 95% 1+ set is 190lbs - i did 6 reps, racked it, went back and did another 4. Feel like i’m still progressing with Chest Press and it’s going pretty well.
I’d like to get some of your input on how to go forward. Should i be looking at a different 5/3/1 routine than i’ve been doing? Would it be better to do a 4 day routine with one main 5/3/1 lift per day rather than 2 ? Should i reset/lower my TM for squats and military press ?
I thank you for your time and help!