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PR Sets on the "5/3/1 for a Beginner" Modification


First time posting here, nice to meet you all!

I am just getting back into training after a couple of years off… So i am kinda feeling like a beginner again.

I found a variation of 5/3/1 posted by Jim back in 2011 and thought that it looked like something good to start things off with again!

To my question:

Since Squat and Bench are done 5/3/1-style two times each week, do i go for the PR set or +set on both Squat and Bench 5/3/1 sessions each week. Or just one of them?

Maybe i just match the number of reps on the PR set from the first session on the second one?

Thanks in advance!


Link got removed, but the basic outline from Jim for this modification was:


Squat – 5/3/1 sets/reps, 5x5 @ First Set Last (FSL)

Bench – 5/3/1 sets/reps, 5x5 @ FSL

Assistance work


Deadlift – 5/3/1 sets/reps, 5x5 @ FSL

Press – 5/3/1 sets/reps, 5x5 @ FSL

Assistance work


Bench – 5/3/1 sets/reps, 5x5 @ FSL

Squat – 5/3/1 sets/reps, 5x5 @ FSL

Assistance work

what variation did you find from 2011? Seems like a full body template. Do you have any of the books? If you want to do a full body template, I suggest buying the 2nd edition or Beyond (or both) and choosing one of the full body templates that fit your goals.

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I edited my original post with the variation I found on Jim’s blogg. I have bought the beyond book but this variation is not in that book. I think that it only exist in the blogg post and not the books. Looks really fun!

I actually found the same variation (almost) in the book now.
But it looked like this instead:

Squat – 5/3/1 sets/reps
Bench – 55%x5, 65×5%, 75%x5
Assistance work


Deadlift – 5/3/1 sets/reps
Press – 5/3/1 sets/reps
Assistance work


Bench – 5/3/1 sets/reps
Squat – 55%x5, 65%x5, 75%x5
Assistance work

Will give it a go together with FSL.

/Thread closed :slight_smile: