Monday Morning Q/A with Jim Wendler

Monday Morning Q/A with Jim Wendler


Monday Morning Q/A with Jim Wendler (3/19/12)

I am 31 5'9 and weigh a jello-like 376 as of yesterday. I have purchased your 5/3/1 2nd edition and was wondering if there were any special tips you can give me on dropping this fat suit that aren't in the book? At your bodyweight, I don’t think you need any secrets.  All you need is to lift, walk every day, stretch and eat good, whole food.  I was asked one time what I’d do if I were 30% body fat.  My answer? Push a Prowler until I wasn’t.  Unless you are going to a bodybuilding show or a figure contest, there are no tricks to losing weight.  It is a very simple process. Not easy but simple. ------------------------------------------------ Jim I am getting ready for my first meet. It is a SPF meet so they use a monolift. I have never trained with a monolift. So I was wondering if at the meet if I should try to  use the monolift, or just walk the weight out like I have been. Just walk the weight out – unless you are using double ply gear there is no real reason to not use a walkout.  Good luck! ------------------------------------------------ Hey Jim! I'm trying to buy a deadlifting belt online, since there isn't a fitness store that sells them. Are there specific brands you would recommend, or will you be stocking deadlifting belts? Thanks I do not sell belts or any equipment.  I’ll be honest in that I don’t know of what makes a belt a “Deadlift belt” other than it being a belt that you deadlift in.  I use the same belt for all my lifts and never had a problem.  This is one subject I do not know much about.  If you were looking for something very thin and narrow you are in luck as there are MANY cheap belts that fit this profile.  You can probably find them on Amazon. I know that Marc Bartley sells the Spud Deadlifting Belt but I have never used it or really seen it (knowingly).  I believe it is a cloth-type belt that adjust with a Velcro strap.  You may want to check that out. ------------------------------------------------ I found your website when I was searching for a 5/3/1 banner or Jim Wendler gut-check mantra poster, such as "N.O.V."  A couple of my friends have Crossfit gyms/garages with Crossfit banners and Pukie the Clown posters hanging. ...BUT, they come over to my house for 5/3/1. I thought I'd throw up some signage letting folks know where they are. Unfortunately, your store doesn't have anything (yet)? Cool shirts by the way.  Nice to see you have a site. I'll keep checking in. Thanks for writing 5/3/1. Man, its effective... I wasted a lot of years over training heavy with 5 x 5. We have some ideas for posters but not sure the interests. Banners though – that’s way expensive and I can bet we’d sell about 4 of them in 2 years.  I appreciate the support and good to see that you are offering up your home gym to the masses.  ------------------------------------------------ Jim, how much whiskey do you drink per day?  Is Beam your go to, or do you like to branch out to other kinds? I just drink Jack Daniels.  Here is my logic in life:
  • Gibson SG – good enough for Iommi, good enough for me.
  • Adidas weightlifting shoes – good enough for Pyrros Dimas, good enough for me.
  • Jack Daniels – good enough for Lemmy, good enough for me.
Alcohol/beer snobs are ridiculous.  I’m not a fan of Bud Light or Piss Whiskey but I’m also not going to turn my nose up at Evan Williams either.  That dude can bring it.  ------------------------------------------------ Got a question for Jim Wendler? Email him at jim@jimwendler.com or northofvag@gmail.com.  Legitimate questions will be answered via the website/blog.  All older questions will be answered in time via www.JimWendler.com. We only use Sabbath Riffs and Tube Amps because we want the best. • Get the 2nd Edition 5/3/1 Ebook Here5/3/1 Hard Copy on Amazon