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Overload Methods for Joker Sets?


#1

Hey, I jsut got back to 5/3/1 after I have gotten over an injury. I use the original triumvirat with the addition of joker sets and first sets last (3-5 x8-10). I use very conservative maxes because of my injury (am healed up now).

My question is has anyone tried overloading on their joker sets? I use my slingshot for my joker sets on bench and lightly wrap my knees on squats. I make sure to never fail a rep and keep something in the tank on my joker sets. What are your thougths on this?


#2

We rarely use Joker sets as we look at training as MORE than just lifting weights - things have evolved in our weight room to involve what we like to call “Fucking Awesome” style of training. So Jokers are great for a few people in a few instances but we never do them if another area of training is lacking. We have standards we set in certain areas of fitness, ones that I believe are paramount to being a better person. Strength is one of them but so are other areas.

So yeah, if you think these things help, go ahead. I don’t see much reason for them.