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Should I Increase the Weight?


#1

So I recently decided to get back into the 5/3/1 program (No idea why I ever stopped in the first place) My first month back and I feel as though I am crushing all of my sets for squats. On my last set of 5, I end up pounding out 12. On my last set of 3 I end up doing 10. It called for 1 @ 95% of my training max (Max is 350 LBs for squat)

Which puts my training max at 315 and the 95% at 300. I ended up doing 8. My question is, after this month where I'm suppose to add 5 pounds to each...should I be adding more weight? Thanks in advance


#2

[quote]ShotsFired wrote:
So I recently decided to get back into the 5/3/1 program (No idea why I ever stopped in the first place) My first month back and I feel as though I am crushing all of my sets for squats. On my last set of 5, I end up pounding out 12. On my last set of 3 I end up doing 10. It called for 1 @ 95% of my training max (Max is 350 LBs for squat)

Which puts my training max at 315 and the 95% at 300. I ended up doing 8. My question is, after this month where I’m suppose to add 5 pounds to each…should I be adding more weight? Thanks in advance[/quote]

After each cycle, you increase the TM 10 pounds for the squat and deadlift and 5lbs for the bench/press.


#3

Thanks Jim! I appreciate the response. Last time I used the 5/3/1 for deads my 1RM went from 440 to 505 in 3 months and my rep max went from 400x5 to 400x10. This shit works!


#4

Jim has an article on the TM on his website. I recommend reading it.


#5

[quote]tsantos wrote:
Jim has an article on the TM on his website. I recommend reading it.[/quote]

It’s on the JimWendler website. The title of the article is “The Training Max: What you Need to Know”. You’ll find out why the size of your TM has NOTHING to do with how strong you are. And if people understand the importance of submax training, you’ll realize how you can get stronger for years and years and rarely get burnt out.

One day, some day in the future, people will train smart with a touch of idiocy.