Strength Basics

Getting stronger, fitter, and healthier by sticking to the basics. It's not rocket science, it's doing the simple stuff the right way. Strength-Basics updates every Monday, plus extra posts during the week.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Another 5/3/1 article

I'm a big fan of Jim Wendler's 5/3/1 program.

T-Muscle aka T-Nation just released an article discussing it in depth, called How to Build Pure Strength by Bryan Krahn. It contains more than enough information for a few cycles of the program. I'd still recommend the ebook, it's just too packed with good information.

There is a little bit of irony to be found in the article. To me it's two-fold:

One: It says straight-up - don't change the program. The ebook itself, though, has lots of suggestions about modifying it and Jim Wendler's Q&A is pretty welcoming about modifications.

Two: Jim Wendler says "People ask the craziest shit," Wendler says, his voice getting louder again. " 'Can I combine 5/3/1 with Westside for Skinny Bastards?' Why not just do one or the other and make progress?" Meanwhile, my personal experience with 5/3/1 has come using it for the ME (maximum effort) portion of Westside for Skinny Bastards, and this is explicitly advocated by Joe DeFranco.

5/3/1 is a really simple system, based on starting light and getting in lots of quality work with built-in progression. I can't recommend it highly enough if you're looking for a good program to use.

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