After a few nagging injuries, elbow and knee tendonitis, I’m looking to jump back into 5/3/1 next week. For years I’ve followed this same kind of template. It wasn’t out of Jim’s book, but it was a routine I followed before adding in the 5/3/1 percentages to the lifts. In my opinion, I have followed it for way too damn long and I feel like I have completely plateaued.
This is what I was originally following for probably 4 years (the last 10 months of it had the 5/3/1 percentages)…
Day 1: Chest/Back (5/3/1 Bench)
Day 2: OFF
Day 3: Deadlifts (5/3/1 Deadlift)
Day 4: Arms
Day 5: Legs/Shoulders (5/3/1 Squats. I haven’t been doing the Overhead Presses until later on.)
So after doing this template for way way too long; I decided I need to suck it up and change it up and GROW. I’ve chose the “Simplest Strength” template from the 2nd edition book. I feel like this should a very nice change, and hopefully it helps me out.
With my old template, besides the 5/3/1 percentages on the main lifts, my reps and sets were all over the place for assistance work. I obviously want to get stronger, but I think I was doing too much hypertrophy. I love building muscle, and I still am looking to do that; but I want to follow a good template.
Is Simplest Strength best for my goals?? I also have read ‘Beyond 5/3/1’. I will eventually use one of those templates after I use something a little more novice for me.