Thoughts on 5/3/1?

I’ve got a few months left of weekly(ish) personal training sessions, and am starting to think about how I want to use them and what I’m going to do when I’m back on my own.

It’s almost time for a cutting phase, so I think I’ll start reducing my calories via carbs and let my work with Justin keep me motivated in the gym through that inevitably difficult time.  That means that when I lose him, I’ll be back into a muscle gain phase, which is something I’m more comfortable with.

I know a LOT of people do Stronglifts 5x5 and I’ve seen a few other programs around, but what’s the word on Jim Wendler’s 5/3/1? It seems pretty basic - straightforward with minimal room for error, providing you work hard. Anybody tried it and have feedback to share?

Muscle Gain 07.07.12: Back + Chest

Pressed for time this afternoon, plus exhausted after several consecutive bad sleeps and I forgot my straps, so no deadlifts, but I powered through a back workout (PR’ing my pull ups - getting so close to unassisted!) and dropping the weight on my bent over rows to focus on my form.  Also did some bench presses, which I’ll be increasing in weight next week as I continue a sort of 5x5 approach to getting them caught up with my other major lifts.

between bench presses:

Gonna go for a hike or do something else active tomorrow, then Shoulders on Monday.

Tracked a workout for 599 pts
  • Pull-Up:
    • 12 reps || assisted || 60 lb (+7 pts)
    • 12 reps || assisted || 50 lb (+11 pts)
    • 8 reps || assisted || 40 lb (+10 pts)
    • 8 reps || assisted || 35 lb (+12 pts)
  • Bent Over Barbell Row:
    • 65 lb x 12 reps (+36 pts)
    • 75 lb x 12 reps (+39 pts)
    • 85 lb x 8 reps (+39 pts)
    • 65 lb x 12 reps (+36 pts)
  • T-Bar Row:
    • 25 lb x 12 reps (+27 pts)
    • 35 lb x 10 reps (+29 pts)
    • 35 lb x 10 reps (+29 pts)
    • 45 lb x 8 reps (+29 pts)
  • Barbell Bench Press:
    • 65 lb x 7 reps (+59 pts)
    • 65 lb x 7 reps (+59 pts)
    • 65 lb x 7 reps (+59 pts)
    • 65 lb x 7 reps (+59 pts)
    • 65 lb x 7 reps (+59 pts)

Muscle Gain 05.23.12: Legs + Cardio

Pretty big one today.  Working hard despite the huge hit to my calories (and especially carbs) that my attempt to cut has taken.  Added some cardio that I don’t usually do, increased the weight on my lunges, and did a 5x5 thing with my leg presses.

Shoulders tomorrow!

Tracked a workout for 1,034 pts

  • Leg Press:
    • 160 lb x 20 reps (+35 pts)
    • 250 lb x 10 reps (+42 pts)
    • 325 lb x 5 reps (+46 pts)
    • 325 lb x 5 reps (+46 pts)
    • 325 lb x 5 reps (+46 pts)
    • 325 lb x 5 reps (+46 pts)
    • 325 lb x 5 reps (+46 pts)
    • 250 lb x 15 reps (+45 pts)
  • Barbell Lunges:
    • 50 lb x 20 reps (+47 pts)
    • 50 lb x 20 reps (+47 pts)
    • 50 lb x 20 reps (+47 pts)
    • super set with jump squats
  • Jump Squat (Toyotas):
    • 15 reps (+14 pts)
    • 15 reps (+14 pts)
    • 15 reps (+14 pts)
    • super set with barbell lunges
  • Stiff-Legged Barbell Deadlift:
    • 70 lb x 12 reps (+67 pts)
    • 70 lb x 12 reps (+67 pts)
    • 70 lb x 12 reps (+67 pts)
    • 70 lb x 12 reps (+67 pts)
    • super set with calf raises
  • Seated Calf Raise:
    • 80 lb x 20 reps (+19 pts)
    • 80 lb x 20 reps (+19 pts)
    • 80 lb x 20 reps (+19 pts)
    • 80 lb x 20 reps (+19 pts)
    • super set with stiff-legged deadlifts
  • Cycling (stationary):
    • 0:30:00 || 6.8 mi (+155 pts)