Wendler's 531 questions
A couple questions about Wendler's 531. Let me know what you think.
1. Do you need a certain strength level before you start using periodization, or is Wendler's good for anyone because you are always pushing?
2. Does the program give you enough volume on the main lifts?
5/3/1 will for the most part will work for everyone. As a novice/intermediate lifter there are other programs which will yield quicker progression, but again, 5/3/1 will work.
In regards to volume. There is enough volume give the fact that 5/3/1 is open to alterations - if you find the 5/3/1 sets aren't enough, you can do a few down sets after the working sets OR choose to use the BBB template which included 5x10 of the main lift.
Having run 5/3/1 for the best part of a year I think all of the shortcomings relate to weaker lifters. I think if you have at least 3/2/4 plates for squat/bench/dead it works well. In fact I think the stronger you are, the better it works.
1. If used by weaker lifters, they end up not lifting enough weight. Often they're not lifting to their full capabilities through technique issues rather than strength and low volume doesn't fix that although Boring but Big can.
2. Again for weaker lifters, 4 weekly deloads are not needed. They aren't lifting enough to warrant that.
3. For powerlifters there's not enough low rep' stuff.
There's probably more but those are the main ones. My main bugbear with it is the deload issue.
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