# Question about 531 for Beginners in 2nd Edition vs. Jim's Website

Hi, I have been using a PPLPPLR routine for about a year and would now like to give 531 for beginners a real shot.

In his 2nd edition of 531, the mon/wed/fri percentages makes sense to me but on his website (which I’m more inclined to do just because of the volume) has me a little confused. I swear I tried googling this for many hours and read through the beginners template on his 2nd ed. book but could not find the answer.

On his website he has this template for beginners:

Monday
Squat – 5/3/1 sets/reps, 5x5 @ First Set Last ( or FSL)
Bench – 5/3/1 sets/reps, 5x5 @ FSL
Assistance work

Wednesday
Deadlift – 5/3/1 sets/reps, 5x5 @ FSL
Press – 5/3/1 sets/reps, 5x5 @ FSL
Assistance work

Friday
Bench – 5/3/1 sets/reps, 5x5 @ FSL
Squat – 5/3/1 sets/reps, 5x5 @ FSL
Assistance work

On mon and friday, he uses 531 sets/reps for Squat and Bench so suppose it’s the 1st week Monday, it will be 5 x 65%, 5x70%, 5x75% for squat and bench. Then on Friday, it will be the same? Just repeating the same things I’ve done on Monday including the percentages? Thanks for any clarification.

First of all, the percentages for the three working sets of 5/3/1 go up by 10% increments. Meaning instead of 5 x 65%, 5 x 70%, 5 x 75%, it would be 5 x 65%, 5 x 75%, 5 x 85%.

WORKOUT A - SQUAT/BENCH
Week 1 - 70% x 5, 80% x 5, 90% x 5; 5 x 5 @ 70%
Week 2 - 65% x 5, 75% x 5, 85% x 5; 5 x 5 @ 65%
Week 3 - 75% x 5, 85% x 5, 95% x 5: 5 x 5 @ 75%

Week 1 - 70% x 5, 80% x 5, 90% x 5; 5 x 5 @ 70%
Week 2 - 65% x 5, 75% x 5, 85% x 5; 5 x 5 @ 65%
Week 3 - 75% x 5, 85% x 5, 95% x 5: 5 x 5 @ 75%

Your workouts will rotate like this throughout the three weeks:
Week 1 - A/B/A
Week 2 - B/A/B
Week 3 - A/B/A

Make sure you properly include the other ascpects of training: Mobility, Jumps: 10-20 total, assistance work, and conditioning

So basically yes the percentages will be performed the same mon and fri

There are two ways to run this set up:

The first is to progress through the percentages as normal everytime the lift comes up:
Monday Squat 65%, 75%, 85%
Friday Squat 70%, 80%, 90%
Next Wednesday 75%, 85%,95%