There are two common ways to do 351 weeks.
The usual: PR sets on first week and third week. Only the prescribed reps on the second, serves as a mini deload.
And the odd one PR sets on the first week, prescribed reps on second and working up to a 1RM jokerstyle on the third week. NO +sets here.
So for the third week either do +sets or work up to a 1RM
OKAY this got into a bit of a rant… So bare with me.
There are the option of using OG 531 with PR on all 3 weeks, if you really like the +sets.
then take one week after for testing TM work up to your TM in 10% increments and then do a PR set with the TM shooting for at least 5 reps.
The 7th week test week it’s called. Jim likes it that way these days or should I say about a year ago. Haven’t followed Jim for a while.
It didn’t work for me… Idkw… maybe my age or/and my lack of ability to progress I’m kind of stuck on my weights, meaning when I came to the test week, well there was no way I could do 5 reps.
I started with a low TM of 85% or a good strong 5RM. then you go 2 cycles 5’s pro and one cycle PR increasing the weight twice ending with a TM of 92 - 95% of the previous 1RM.
If you are able to progress strength wise you should be able to get that illusive 5 rep with the TM. Hell some of the guys on his forum even increased the TM before the test week and did 5 reps.
But let’s just for fun say you get 5 reps on the test week. Then you can take your deload week start another 3 cycles with the weight you just did 5 reps with as TM for the first cycle.
It’s so simple and easy to understand, but and it’s a big but, you have to be young or very good to get stronger.
That would be a 3 forward 1 backward kind of style.
I still like 531 and the setup, it should work, it worked for my lower body lifts not so much upper body. Now I’ve switched to another horse so to speak. Trying that out… in 12 weeks time I’ll know if the giant set style and variation lift is good.
End of rant… sorry… Got carried away.