# One Cycle = 3 or 6 Weeks?

Hello,

Quick question… I have all 3 books. Love them and the explanations. I’m just a bit confused when it comes to programming… Leader, leader, anchor: these are each three weeks long or six weeks long?

I’m sure it’s obvious to sound, but I’m getting it confused so thank you in advance for the help!

Kyle

3 weeks for nearly every template (there are exceptions, like God is a Beast).

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Thanks!

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2 leaders and an anchor means you do 2x3 weeks of leader and 1x3 weeks of anchor… each is 3 weeks, so 2 leaders and an anchor = 9 weeks total.

Wouldn’t there be a 7 week protocol in between the leaders and the anchor, making it 10 weeks total?

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i ment total as of what he asked about… yes, probably there would be a 7th week after 2 leaders…

im not really into Forever, i find that it got a bit too much complicated and takes away the fun of being simple - Beyond is my favourite book.

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Forever is definitely my favorite book, but for the life of me I can’t grasp the 7th week protocol. I just stick with deloads and use 5 forward/3 back for TM management.

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i think i understad the 7th week protocol - i cant grasp the leader and anchor stuff… i just like to do Original 531 and then i do back and assistance 3x10-12… which basically means smth like BBB only i change exercises and i dont do 5 sets, i just do 6 sets of different ones.
i have read Forever 10 times and i just still dont understand how to set it all up… but also, i am pretty much a newb at this so i believe i can progress on original 531 for a bit more, and when i will feel that im stalling i will take a really serious look at leader and anchor stuff.
For my crappy numbers i really feel i dont need to complicate stuff - i think i just need a year more on the original.

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Leaders and anchors are just renamed accumulation and intensification blocks. Jim has a way of taking the complicated and making it simple. Same way he turned speed work into jumps and throws

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Thanks, all. All of this is very helpful.

Glad to see that I’m not the only one (albeit different parts of the program) with some questions on the architecture. It’s a great program and I’m really enjoying it… now I’ve got a little more information on how to set it up.

I just read it as a bunch of deload options. One of which can be used to calibrate your training max at the start of a new program: My training max for next cycle is 100kg and I lifted it 5 times without entering into a parallel universe, cool I’ll go with that.

Or my training max is 100kg:
20kg x 10
40kg x 8
60 kg x 6
70 kg x 5
80 kg x 5 ← damn, harder than I thought,
90 kg x 5 ← tough set but last rep still okay

I’ll set the TM to 90 for this cycle instead of 100.

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i do this in my 95% day… if my top set at 95% week is not 5 reps, i start looking into reset of 3 steps back.

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In my experience, 531 (especially as laid out in Forever) is either the simplest, most direct explanation of a training program, or an opaque collection of words and tables that leaves one baffled on how to even begin.

It’s just like a “Magic Eye” poster: you either see it with complete clarity or you just see an indecipherable mess.

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