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Wendler Appreciation


Morning Jim,

I don’t usually write to my idols but I belive you have had such an impact on my life you deserve a few minutes of arse kissing from me.

I’ve followed your advice since I started lifting at 16 (now 22) and so far you have gotten a naturally skinny kid with no athletic potential from 155lbs to 200lbs with a 250lb bench, 440lb deadlift and 375lb Squat. You even inspired me to compete in my first meet last year which was a great experience.

Admittedly my head occasionally gets fucked up with all the bullshit out there and I get tempted by the latest and greatest (which coincidently is when my set backs happen) but I always return to 531 and I always feel at my best both mentally and physically.

I’ve read all your books, articles and watched your videos so I won’t add to your list of mundane questions you get asked everyday, I just wanted to show my appreciation for what you do and make sure it keeps coming, I’m looking forward to you new book.

I have just finished your beach body challenge and will be starting your 531 for high school athletes + viking day soon and am looking forward to getting out the gym and trying some new stuff.

Keep inspiring!




Thanks for the post. This is great to hear and I hope YOU have changed and become a stronger person. Keep on the path.