Hello! This is my first post here. I’ve yet to read any of the 5/3/1 books but I did just order the “forever” version of it which seems to be the latest release.
I’ve been in a bulk for a while, steadily gaining at 1lb/week. I’m not really feeling the current program I’m on, so I’m looking to switch it up. I’ve got about 8-10 weeks left until my cut(maybe a little more, depending on what bf% I’m at when I hit 200lbs).
I’ve done several hours of online research on 5/3/1 in forums, reddit, etc. I’m quite enamored with the BBB template as my primary goal is building mass, but I don’t want my main lifts to suffer, in fact, I’d like to continue progressing them.
There is almost an unending amount of contradictory 5/3/1 info on the web it seems, so I want to clear up a couple things. First order of business are the 5x10 BBB sets. I’ve read two separate articles on Wendler’s site about BBB. One of the articles said that the 5x10 sets are designed to be done at 50%-60% TM. OK, fine. But either in that article, or the second one, it says something to this effect: “It’s not important what percentage you do the 5x10 at, it’s just important that you do the work and move the weights”. Well, that lost me. How can that not be important? Actually, how can that not be incredibly important? There’s a big difference between 30%TM(his recommended starting point) and 60%, or even 70%(month three of the 3 month BBB challenge).
So which is it? OK, and then I’ve seen things written about doing instead of 5x10 @ 50%, doing 5x5 @FSL %. I just feel really lost, and like I’m chasing after the most current, non-contradictory information, and I’m not finding any.
Second question relates to my goals. As stated, my primary goal is centered on hypertrophy. I full-well plan on adding accessory work to this program after the 5/3/1 and BBB sets. Matter of fact, since this is a 4 day split, I had even considered something like Day 1(work), Day 2(work), Day 3 (conditioning), Day 4(work), Day 5(volume supplemental work, weak areas, etc).
Wendler says in one of his articles “Don’t add anything to this. This is the biggest mistake I see people making”(probably not exact quote). But then I found another article where he talks about adding some simple 3x10 isolation, assistance work like curls and rear delt work on certain days.
I’m also ok if you tell me this program is not a good fit for my goals and I should look into something else - and that I’m a troubled, confused little man.
Before this post becomes too long(may already be), let me just say, I’m confused… And I’m starting this program tomorrow. Please send help.