Only thing that I don’t like about 5/3/1 are the 5x10 deadlifts, wouldn’t it be better to do something like 8x3 or 6x4?[/quote]
I don’t remember this being a part of the program. This is the actual Wendler versions right? I know I bought the original ebook so maybe there have been some changes.
5X10 deads are going to be VERY hard to recover from, imo assuming this is after you deadlift using the 5/3/1 rep scheme, is that right?[/quote]
Yeah man, boring but big template:
Leg Curls: 5x10
Bench Press Day
Bench Press: 5x10x50%
DB Rows: 5x10
Deadlift: 5x8x50% -> I don’t like this lol, form will become bad at 5th rep.
Hanging Leg Raises: 5x12
Mil. Press Day
Mil. Press: 5x10x50%
Chins: 5 sets to failure.[/quote]
You can do what you want, but I don’t think this template goes with cutting. If you cut right you can maintain and maybe increase muscle mass. This is debated all the time here. Personally I think you’d be better off trying to maintain strength levels while cutting. I’d do CT’s routine which is more in line with 5/3/1 anyway.
- Ramp to 1RM
- 2 Cluster or straight sets with 90% of 1RM (3-5 reps)
- Back down to 70% and ramp to 2RM
- 2 Cluster or straight sets with 90% of your 2RM (3-5 reps)
- Back down to 70% and ramp to 3RM
- 1 extended HDL set (max/15 sec/max) with 80% of 3RM
You can do this all 4 days and if you feel like it add an accessory movement or two, but from personal experience I’m telling you recovery is much harder when you are eating less.
Your template above has a lot of volume is all I’m saying and you aren’t going to be eating enough calories to recover. I wouldn’t even call it 5/3/1 when the lowest you go is 8 reps…