Originally Posted by Off Road
I'm not sure why you guys would think 5/3/1 isn't enough volume or frequency? The overall volume and frequency is right on par with other great routines from Christy, McRobert, Iron Addict, and many more. And 5/3/1 is infinitely adjustable to the lifter's needs.
Well I think as it stands for the main lift it's not enough...meaning one all out working set. It certainly could be structured to add more volume on the main lift, being that it's flexible. I agree with you that it is adjustable enough to be useful.
My point is that I see a lot of guys doing the all out set
for bench and squats, and that's it each week. Christy would have 2 to 5 hard sets for each lift per week, and generally an assistance lift to back it up. So for bench it was 2-5 sets, plus 2-5 hard sets on close grip. Deadlift was accompanied by bent leg deadlifts, and so on. So for many of the lifts it was twice a week with a greater volume of challenging sets, if that makes sense.
I simply believe there are too many guys misusing it. I guess I also believe that if your bench press is 180, using a 5x10 @ 90 pounds might not be the best route. That's if they are doing the BBB to begin with.
I think we're on the same sheet of paper, but I am probably not explaining myself good enough.
There are many guys that use it properly, and put a lot of thought into structure, but you also have a lot of early intermediates who I simply think could make faster gains on Christy. Christy has consistent progression, where as on 531 you have guys only doing one all out bench set, and only progressing once every month.