I am working 5/3/1 right now using the 5s Progression for a novice lifter. I have about 7 months of powerlifting training at this point. I am only on my second cycle of 5s progression. And I enjoy it and hitting the joker set on a good day.
Question is when would you feel a reset in appropriate for this template. I can see where in a few cycles hitting 5 reps on the 95% day is going to be a greater and greater challenge. Would you reset if you only hit 3 or 4 reps? Or wait until you can no longer hit 1 at 95%
When you can’t hit 5 strong, fast reps on every set. The beginner 5’s needs to be monitored by a quality coach that knows 100% how to administer the program. No two ways around that - there needs to be an experienced eye on every set and rep.
The problem is that I train at my local Golds Gym. And I am probably one of the strongest people there. Strong meaning I deadlift and squat. Not sure if the kid that is on his 100th set of concentration curls will be much help to me.
The problem is that I train at my local Golds Gym. And I am probably one of the strongest people there. Strong meaning I deadlift and squat. Not sure if the kid that is on his 100th set of concentration curls will be much help to me. [/quote]
There’s nobody else that looks strong at your gym that might be able to help? If not, that could be a small issue then. Maybe look-up videos on YouTube regarding form for each lift, study the films, and then try to asses your own form? That’s far from ideal but if you don’t have help that might be your only option. If each rep isn’t strong and fast on each rep as Jim said, then between that and thinking about your form you might be able to figure it out.
For the videos I personally like, “So You Think You Can Squat”, “So You Think You Can Bench”, and “So You Think You Can Deadlift”. The OHP is the only other lift you’d need to look-up.