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Life and 5/3/1 Training

I've done many versions according to what I was looking for goal-wise or what I was doing in life at the time. I am not going to go over how each version worked out but they all lead to me increasing strength over the long haul. One example I will bring up is the fact that I followed Jack Shit for 8 months...3 of those cycles I didnt go for any rep records at all, I trained twice a week. At the time I didnt think I was getting stronger but I knew I wasn't getting weaker (boy was I naive).

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5/3/1 and Coaching Athletes

The most important thing to understand when training athletes is the difference between G.P.P and S.P.P. Also, it's important to understand that mastery in a specific discipline does not mean mastery in weight training. In fact, it is usually the opposite; master of one thing, beginner of another.  This is very lucky for you, whether you are a coach or an athlete.  What this means is that you don't need advanced or fancy training methods to achieve results.  Besides the huge pile of dung that is "sport specific training", the misunderstanding of training mastery by elite athletes is ruining training.

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How Simple Is the 5/3/1 Training Program To Use?

From Jim: Don't confuse complexity with effectiveness. A program only needs to be as complex as to make progress. One thing that I preach to myself is that I'm always a beginner; the basics will always work. The only thing that changes is the application of the basics.  The following is a short testimonial detailing this very subject.   “I had decided that 5/3/1 lacked substance because of simplicity when compared with “the next best program you’re not doing” when all the evidence of progression was written down in my training logs and stared back in the mirror; because I wasn’t committed as a learner to hard work and educating myself on the basics.” Three months into using 5/3/1 I...

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