I have a question about the last set (PR set) on the standard 5/3/1 protocol.
As a read in all the wendler book and on t-nation article, the last set is an all-out set to hit personal records, but is possibile also to reach the prescribed reps at the prescribed percentage if you don’t feel good or have a bad workout.
As Wendler says:
“With 5/3/1, you accomplish a goal every workout. Some programs have no progression from one day to the other.
Another unique feature is that final balls-out set in each workout. You don’t have to go beyond the prescribed reps if you don’t feel like it, but there are real benefits to doing so.
I’ve always thought of doing the prescribed reps as simply testing your strength. Anything over and above that builds strength, muscle, and character.”
But in this forum (and nowhere in wendler’s book) i read that on the last set of the third week (the 1+ set at 95%) you must hit at least 5 reps, if not you can’t add weight on the next cicle or you have to reset TM.
So this is not a 1+ set, but a 5+ set and in all the 5/3/1 programming you will never train under the 5 reps!!
After 3 or 4 cicles i just can hit 3-4 reps on the 1+ set at 95%…so in this case i need to reset my TM or not increase weight until i reach 5 strong reps?