Bastard 5/3/1(Note: This is taken from an email sent to me from Mike Rhodes.) I shifted some things around and its worked great. Basically instead of doing the 531 sets progressing the way you have them arranged, I've been doing it backwards. I warmup/work-up as I feel appropriate to the weight of the top set (set 3) of that day and hit it for max reps when I am "fresh" so to speak. After that, I simply do sets 2 and 1 as my back off sets and call it a day. Like this...
- set 3-475x3+ (3's week)
- set 2-420x3
- set 1-370x3
The reason I find this awesome for myself at least is because the single factor that makes my lifts go up in the 531 program is hitting rep records with that top set-therefore I have prioritized this area. This has worked awesome over the course of the past 6 months (yes I gave this at least a 6 month shelf life to see if it actually works) ESPECIALLY for my squat and pull. I shared this idea with two friends of mine and they had good results. - Mike