Doing it Right the First Time – Jim Wendler

Doing it Right the First Time


Doing it Right the First Time

Question: Just wanted to say thanks for everything you've done for us with the program, your Q/A's, articles, etc. I just had a question regarding missing reps.  I've done about 5 cycles of 531 now and love it.  Some odd days I might mess my final set up by having a shitty starting position or something small.  I usually end up repeating the final set again properly, not sure if this is wise. In the future if I miss the # of required reps should I: a) punch a hole in the gym wall, rip my hair out and worry about it for the next 4 weeks b) suck it up and do it again c) forget about it and continue to assistance work d) kill myself ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Answer: I appreciate the comments - thank you.  I think you are doing the right thing by redoing the set and getting it right.  But I also think that if you can do it right THAT time, you need to really get it right the first time.  And you've shown that you can do it correct.  There is no trick to doing it "right the first time", no exercise or assistance lift that is going to help you.  The thing that will help, and seems to help 100% of problems, is training maturity.  You will get there soon (soon does not always equal "next week" rather it could be "next year").  Take your sets seriously, even the wimpy warm-up sets.  I always have a routine for each set and I take my time.  I am not a slave to a stop watch or whatever; I am a slave to getting things done correctly.  Each set, no matter what the weight, is treated with respect. In the training world there is such an emphasis on WHAT you are doing.  What kind of squats? What program? How many reps?  People seem to forget the importance of HOW they are doing them.  I'd rather do ONE thing, one exercise correctly in a workout rather than do a bunch of piddly shit half-ass and wrong. Don't rush what is important.   -------------------------------------------------------------------- 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.  If the answer is clearly answered in any of the 5/3/1 books, your question will not be answered.   • Get the 2nd Edition 5/3/1 Ebook Here5/3/1 Hard Copy on Amazon