Hi everyone. I don't post here often, but I do follow the forums quite regularly. As such, I figured my best contribution to the forums would be to share with you all my journey with 5/3/1. Maybe some of you can evaluate the program for yourselves by following my progress. Maybe some of you can give me pointers and tips along the way, as well (I would actually love that).
I've decided to take on 5/3/1 for several reasons:
1) It's simple and straight forward
2) It has a well-defined structure and...
3) My poundages in the squat, deadlift, bench and military press, quite simply, suck.
At this point, I'm primarily concerned with strength. A heap of muscle that can't move it's worth in pounds seems like a waste to me. After all, nothing's more impressive than a dude that can move some serious weight. I aim to be as strong as possible and will make no sacrifice in pursuit of my goal.
Anyway, here are some stats:
Height: 5'9" (175cm)
Weight: 165lbs (74kg)
Bench Press 1RM: 235lbs (106kg)
Military Press 1RM: 135lbs (61kg)
Squat 1RM: 265lbs (120kg)
Deadlift 1RM: 315lbs (142kg)
All weights and percentages will be based on 90% of the above 1RMs.
As far as my goals, I aim for 1.5xBW Bench, BW Military, 1.75xBW Squat and 2xBW Deadlift. A few extra pounds of muscle would be nice, too.
With that said, follow my adventures with 5/3/1!
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