I’m referencing this old thread here: How and When to Reset When Stalling
You should NEVER reach this point - either use the 7th Week Protocol or use the “5@95” mantra."
"Wow - this has been discussed many times on this forum.
Generally, if you can’t hit 5 reps on your final week/set (95% set) than you have the wrong TM. There are also bad days but that’s kind of the point of this general guideline. Of course, if you are using a variation with a lot of supplemental work, the TM would be lower.
This is why I introduced the 7th Week Protocol on my forum, this forum and in the new book. Again, this has been discussed on this forum many, many times."
I have the 5/3/1 book and Beyond 5/3/1. I can’t find this mentioned anywhere - that I need to be hitting 5 reps on the 5/3/1 week. If that were the case, why then is it called 5/3/1 and the reps for 3rd week on a cycle is 1+?
In the 5/3/1 book, in the “Stalling in 5/3/1” section, he says simply enough that eventually you won’t be able to hit the sets and reps you’re supposed to hit. At this point, adjust your TM by taking 90% of it and start all over again.
So, I’m confused as to where this new requirement of actually getting 5 reps on 1+ week at 95% is coming from? I thought the 5+, 3+, and 1+ meant the bare minimum?
Reason I ask is, I may be close to needing a reset on my OHP. For example last cycle I got 9, 8, and 7 reps for 1+ week on deadlift, bench, and squat respectively. For OHP, I only got 3. This qualified as 1+, so I added 5lbs to TM.
Just started a new cycle (on 5+ week) and only got 5 reps for OHP. (in comparison, previous cycle for OHP on the 5s week, I got 7 reps). This technically meets the bare minimum of 5+. There’s no way I’ll get 5 reps at 95% - probably only 1 or 2. Should I not have increased by TM, because i couldnt do 5 reps on my 1+ week last cycle?