13 Statements from an Airplane – Jim Wendler

13 Statements from an Airplane

"Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats." - H.L. Menken

[caption id="attachment_3317" align="alignnone" width="300"] Cobalt - Too extreme for the Dance Commander[/caption]   That quote has nothing to do with anything this article is about but I love it. Here are some thoughts I wrote down recently, in no particular order.
  1. Use "dumb lifts" for extra volume - rack pulls, SS Bar work, swiss bar, etc.
  2. More people need to do the classic 5/3/1 program - they need the pressure of PR's to drive home some confidence and put themselves under some pressure. Physical challenges are one part of building a man.  Combine this with a varied education and learning how to critically think and you are setting yourself for success as a PERSON.  The challenges help build the body and strengthen your mind/character.
  3. When your diet is in doubt? Steak and eggs.
  4. Doing too many lifts?  Refer to John Broz and find 6 lifts and hammer them.
  5. Take Box Jumps seriously.
  6. Goals are there to reach - not to make sense.
  7. Challenge yourself with rope chins. Don't have a rope? Use towels.
  8. Do straight leg hanging leg raises.  Touch the bar with your feet.
  9. There is a price to pay for hard conditioning. Don't do it if you are not prepared to pay it.
  10. Best training book ever? You're spiral bound training log.
  11. Experience is a hard teacher - those that eschew that in favor of "easier" will never learn.  Remember “Knowledge without mileage equals bullshit.” - Rollins
  12. Use your Bench Press numbers for the SLDL. Your sets and reps will be 5/5/10-20 - for every week.
  13. Have 2-3 "when in doubt" templates. Do one of them for 6 weeks when you lose your way.

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