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Last 5/3/1 for awhile.

Jim Wendler – It’s all his fault.

A sad and poignant moment my fellow Wendler worshipers, the time has come to draw a discreet veil over the 5/3/1 program. It is with a heavy heart and a lump in my delts that I consign this excellent program of programs to the annuls of history. The truth of it is that I could happily stay on 5/3/1 forever if it was not for certain pressing matters. Not to mention various dragging, lifting, pushing and pulling matters. You see, in a moment of rashness, I’ve entered a strongman competition and I reckon I should actually do some strongman training.

But first let us enjoy a moment of silence and reflect upon all the moments of happiness and intense muscular stiffness that the 5/3/1 style of training has bequeathed me.

  • It got me back into proper strength training, something I hadn’t done for at least 15 years.
  • It taught me the importance of sticking to the basics.
  • It has made me stronger then I have ever been.
  • It’s a great way for 102 year olds like me to train.
  • It’s infinitely adaptable.
  • My technique on the Big Four exercises is better then ever.
  • I’m the heaviest I’ve ever been, and not all of it is fat.
  • I will be doing it again once I’m done with this competition.

If we were going to bid adieu to 5/3/1 it should, I feel, be done in fine style. A squat session with Project Goliath should do the trick.

By the Gods that boy is strong. I was doing back squats down to parallel-ish and he was doing front squats to the floor. We started really light and worked up the weights, first doing sets of 5, then 3 and finally 1.

I finally got up to 2 reps (because the 1st felt so damn good) with 180kg and Emil kept going to a 225kg front squat – only just missing out on a 240kg rep.

A great way to send off the almighty 5/3/1. I’ll be back soon, I promise.

Yours mournfully,

Dave.

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