More on Assistance Exercises – Jim Wendler

More on Assistance Exercises

More on Assistance Work The volume of assistance work is always going to vary from lifter to lifter  and workout to workout – some days you feel great and can push pretty hard;    other times you only have time or energy for the main lift and maybe one or two more  lifts. This is nothing new to training, but the minute you "prescribe"  exactly what to do with assistance work, you run into a host of problems. The beauty of the 5/3/1 program (if I do say so myself) is that it lays out the  most important part of the program for you (the main lifts and the progressions) and  you can individualize the assistance work for your needs, such as in-season training,    fat loss, strength, conditioning, hypertrophy, etc. Any of these things can be  achieved within the framework of the 5/3/1 program. Obviously a higher volume assistance work can be used when getting bigger is the  goal but be warned, when this is done, recovery for the main lifts is compromised.  Same with a higher degree of conditioning – the additional work taps into your  recovery. The problem lies not so much in managing these things but coming to terms with the  fact that when one facet goes UP, something will probably go DOWN. If you're at  Brazilian Ju-Jitsu practice four nights a week and expect to lift (successfully) four  days/week like a powerlifter, it's not going to happen. Something's going  to have to give – or something is going to break. My advice to everyone is to pick one goal you want to focus on and go for it.   Don't be that guy who wants to get into shape like a fighter, compete in a  powerlifting meet, lose 40 pounds of fat, and get stronger – all at once, and  usually in 8 weeks. Pick one thing you want and go for it. All in. No  compromises. One thing that I'll never understand in the training world is this: even when given 99% of a program, people will always find a way to overthink and over analyze the remaining 1%. Which do you think is the most important? 5/3/1: The Simplest and Most Effective Training Program for Building Raw Strength (Ebook) 5/3/1: The Simplest and Most Effective Training Program for Building Raw Strength (Hard Copy on Amazon) TNation Blood and Chalk