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Jim Wendler's 5/3/1

Posted: Tue May 26, 2009 5:26 pm
by pdellorto
Over on my blog I posted a review of Jim Wendler's 5/3/1. I'm too lazy to cut and paste it (and edit all the links) here, so here's the review: ... 5-3-1.html

It's a non-commercial site so hopefully the admins don't mind.

If you check out my workout log, you'll see the usual "work up" method for my ME work is now a non-percentage based version of 5/3/1. It's working well for me and I'm happy to recommend it.

Posted: Tue May 26, 2009 5:34 pm
by TimD
Mods don't mind that type of link at all, in fact we invite it. That type of sheme has been around a while, and is a good choice for a type of periodization.

Posted: Wed May 27, 2009 3:26 am
by KPj
Nice review, made me want to buy it, which I think I will. Reading anything by Jim Wendler, Dave Tate and similar always makes me want to lift really heavy things.

So many books read....


Posted: Wed May 27, 2009 6:52 am
by pdellorto
Thanks Tim. I wanted to pass it along but not spend a lot of time editing what I already wrote.

KPj - I know what you mean. So much to get through. It's not cheap and it's short, but I really feel like I got $20 worth out of it even though it just explained what I'm already doing at the gym. I'll have to find other books and articles by Jim Wendler does make me want to lift.

Posted: Sat Jun 20, 2009 2:58 am
by Jungledoc
I just finished 5-3-1. Peter, you were right on that it is something I'd like. It's exactly what I've been feeling around for, and will probably be the basis for my lifting for a long time.

Wendler uses 4 "big" lifts, one to do each workout, whether doing 3 or 4 workouts per week. Then you can add some assistance work, if you're so inclined. He doesn't take a "don't tamper with my program" approach, but rather sets out some basic ideas to let you build on. He has several suggested approaches to assistance work, but leaves it entirely optional. Includes pretty good instruction on the lifts, too. Good stuff.

Posted: Sat Jun 20, 2009 8:10 am
by pdellorto
Jungledoc, I'm glad you liked it!

Posted: Tue Jul 07, 2009 9:32 am
by pdellorto
T-Nation just put up a review/interview of 5/3/1: ... e_strength

It has a good explanation of the workings of the program, probably enough to just do it without even getting the ebook. But the book would help a lot, regardless.

Posted: Tue Jul 07, 2009 11:00 pm
by Jungledoc
You're right--you could use the article and not get the book, but then you'd miss Wendler's witty writing! I've decided that I'll start 5/3/1 when I get back to PNG.