This thread is for people that have run 531 templates, and would like to hear about what has worked well for others.
For me, I have run:
Limited time widow maker
Building a bigger yoke
Beyond 531 1.1 - 1.4
Jim Wendler classic
531 Building a bigger yoke
My reviews of each:
Krypteia: absolutely awesome. This one is great for overall athleticism and fitness, but does get redundant if doing the full cycle. The full program is 17 weeks, between the prep phase, leader phase, anchor phase, and deloads.
Limited time widowmaker: I like this one a whole lot. However, it’s almost more of a challenge because you do 4 all out sets each workout. I like the tradeoff between the barbell work and the assistance. I also love the kroc rows. My wife uses this template exclusively, and she loves it and has seen great results. For her, being weaker, the all out sets are not a problem to sustain over time.
Beyond 531. This was my introduction to 531 programs. It got me hooked, yet a prefer the templates in his “Forever” book more.
Jim Wendler classic: As a mid-40’s workout dude, I love this one. I love the WALRUS workouts (and use them even when not doing this template), and love the barbell work. Can’t recommend this one enough for someone who has experience lifting and isn’t looking for “instant gainzz” or other nonsense.
531 Building a bigger yoke: Well, as much as I like the others, this may be my favorite. I did the T-nation variety (it’s slightly different on his website). It involves a 531 main lift and SST of a supplemental lift. I love the shrugs/rows supersets, and the swings. Great stuff here. Can’t wait to do it again.
What’s on my to-do lift?
Building the Monolith. The next time I have 6 weeks to devote to a program, this will be it. It looks like that will be August.
Beach body challenge. This tongue-in-cheek challenge looks awesome. Can’t wait to do it.
What are your experiences?