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Old 08-21-2012, 10:15 PM   #1
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Default 531: BBB vs triumvirate vs periodization bible?

In wendlers book he says use his principles to develop you're own routine, then he goes on to say "dont **** with this program or you're not doing 531".

Anyways, it warrants the question which you guys prefer? The differences of each? How have you slightly altered your 531 routine, and can i combine BBB with the periodization bible?

One other thing. The very first month of this cycle seems easy, much too easy. I know its supposed to start light, but its odd not feeling stimulated.
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No experience with 5/3/1 myself, but if I were going to do it I'd try the "I Ain't Doin' Jack Shit" routine.
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In wendlers book he says use his principles to develop you're own routine, then he goes on to say "dont **** with this program or you're not doing 531".
I think you are taking this quote out of context. Yes, he stresses that you shouldn't screw with the basic 531 principles on the main lifts, but he stresses even more that you shouldn't stress over the assistance work. Specifically saying (more than once I believe) that too many people major in the minors, meaning too many people focus too much on the assistance work.
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Anyways, it warrants the question which you guys prefer? The differences of each? How have you slightly altered your 531 routine, and can i combine BBB with the periodization bible?
I've done a "periodization bible" assistance template, and I'm currently doing BBB. They're both good. Pick one and do it for a few cycles. Then do the other for a few cycles. You should use this routine for many months so there will be plenty of time to try different assistance programs.
You can alter it if you want. As wendler says, this won't make or break the program. Really though, why would you alter it without trying it?
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One other thing. The very first month of this cycle seems easy, much too easy. I know its supposed to start light, but its odd not feeling stimulated.
Did you really read the book?

***edit*** I apologize if that last part sounded rude, but Wendler clearly covers your last question in his book.
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No experience with 5/3/1 myself, but if I were going to do it I'd try the "I Ain't Doin' Jack Shit" routine.
HAHA. Lazy ass!
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HAHA. Lazy ass!
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hahaha No seriously, that's one of his templates. You do the main lifts, and nothing else.

It's awesome.
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Josh is right on the money. Wendler suggests running an assistance template for three cycles and then switch to a different one for the next 3 month cycle. Keep rotating through four different templates to keep from stalling.
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hahaha No seriously, that's one of his templates. You do the main lifts, and nothing else.

It's awesome.
Yeah I know. I was just giving you a hard time. Really that's what is beautiful about 531. If you just did the main lifts, you would still get stronger and probably still get bigger.
In the end the assistance is just there to compliment.
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Yeah I know. I was just giving you a hard time. Really that's what is beautiful about 531. If you just did the main lifts, you would still get stronger and probably still get bigger.
In the end the assistance is just there to compliment.
But then, that's true with all strength routines - basics work best.
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Josh is right on the money. Wendler suggests running an assistance template for three cycles and then switch to a different one for the next 3 month cycle. Keep rotating through four different templates to keep from stalling.
Interesting. Did not know that.
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Interesting. Did not know that.
Gives you one year of rotations and then you revisit them again. He suggest something like; Boring But Big, Triumvirate, Full Body, 2 Day with focus on conditioning goals.
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