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Football and Basketball: Coach's 5/3/1 Experience

Football and Basketball: Coach's 5/3/1 Experience

More importantly, are the results on the court and hopefully on the field in the fall. The kids are playing with an aggression I have not seen in a basketball team at this school in many years. They are winning the tough games, the games that require mental toughness, something that was lacking during football. They have won eight straight games and are one game out of first in the league. They credit their success to the training they are doing in the weight room and have tried to get the other basketball players to lift with them. I had the players test their max verticals the first day of practice. Two players could barely touch the foam pad on the bottom of the backboard; they are both slapping the glass.
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Hardcore Training

Hardcore Training

A few weeks back it was very cold - the garage was numbing, the bars hurt my hands and the wind kept blowing snow into my face while I lifted. Just one of those days. And all I could think...

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Jim Wendler

5/3/1 Tops the List - Most Popular Programs

I had no idea I'd write a book - I just love training. And I still do. And as you become more and more popular and try to help others, you will be hated by more and more. It is just part of the game and it's good to know that you will occupy the mind/time of total losers who hang on to your every word. They are just waiting to comment and send you something shitty. Conor McGregor recently said something important: "Winners focus on winning. Losers focus on winners." Seems to be about right.

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Jim Wendler and Chris Young

Chris Young

Sunday morning I woke up to the news that a good friend of mine, Chris Young, passed away. My first reaction one of sadness and I simply said to my wife, "He was a great dude." Chris and his wife Marie would come over from London (not London, Ohio) and visit the states. In fact, our first meeting was a small seminar we had at EFS at the original 122 S. Main Street address. Chris was a passionate lifter and we originally bonded over our love of strength. But that soon morphed into a friendship that went far beyond training.
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Jim Wendler Blog - Boring But Big...And Really Sore

Boring But Big...And Really Sore

The Boring But Big is probably the most popular, the easiest and the most widely talked about assistance protocol for 5/3/1. There are numerous ways to do this and here is one of the worst/best. Like always AND especially for...

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Earn the Right Template

[ Don't be Tito - Listen to Cult of Luna I can safely say that this template falls squarely in the “stupid” template region, not far from Idiots Cove.  So don’t use this if you are looking for something "advanced"...

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Jim Wendler and Mark Watts

Article by Mark Watts - Things I Learned from Wendler, Rhodes and Darden

Some of the best advice I got from Jim wasn't training related. Right before my first daughter was born in the summer of 2009, I got a call from Jim (most of the time I called him) when I was teaching Physical Education for the Upward Bound program at Columbus State. I asked him about fatherhood and he told me two things.
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Iron Witch - jimwendler.com blog

Iron Witch - Single Malt EP

Iron Witch - Single Malt EP Continuing in the grand tradition of sludge/punk forefathers Eyehategod and Iron Monkey, Iron Witch lay waste to all pretenders.  Riffs as catchy as VD.  Check 'em out here.

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How Sore are you Today?

How Sore are you Today?

As much as I am impressed and amazed at watching the videos of Ed Coan, Dmitry Klokov, Stan Efferding and the other great lifters I admire, these videos offer a different perspective and attitude I think we all can learn from. Once again, the only thing you have control is your attitude. You can choose to be/associate with the gossip scum, the Facebook fucks and the petty Life Suckers that martyr their lives and jobs - "poor, poor ME." Or you can choose to turn off the negative and realize that this short life deserves the best of you. Don't waste your life surviving. Find your passion and go forth, full bore.
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531 2nd Edition by Jim Wendler

Boring But Big

Without a doubt, the Boring But Big is the most popular assistance template for the 5/3/1 program.  This is because it is easy to program, easy to use and great for strength and size.  There are a 2 basic ways...

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5/3/1 and Athletes

5/3/1 and Athletes

An athlete must train speed, strength, agility, conditioning, and most important, skill work. If one were to spend too much time on one thing, other areas would be compromised. In the United States, especially with football, the weight room seems to take up the majority of the time.
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Phil Anselmo - JimWendler.com Blog

Jim Wendler In Rehab

I’ve gotten a number of questions about the rehab for my shoulder and how I’ve gone about it. Before I get into it, let me put a HUGE asterisk by all of these words by proclaiming loud and clear that I am not a doctor or physical therapist. I can only offer what I’ve done the last couple months. I took it upon myself (personal responsibility) to talk to people that help people rehab their shoulders and read what I could on the subject. I then looked at the similarities and the common themes present. Here are some important things I learned through all of this:
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5/3/1: The Simplest and Most Effective Training Program for Building Raw Strength (Ebook)

5/3/1: The Simplest and Most Effective Training Program for Building Raw Strength (Ebook)

The success of the 5/3/1 Method has been nothing short of extraordinary. The response towards this simple but brutally effective training system has been overwhelming. This is because it works. And works for just about anyone willing to put in the discipline and work that getting stronger requires Elite level lifters to absolute beginners have all used the 5/3/1 Method; the basic tenets of strength training have and will never change. Big exercises, constant progress, and personal records will never go out of style. High school and college coaches are now using the 5/3/1 with their athletes with amazing success; it is easy to track, implement and will inspire any team to push for themselves to the limit. Powerlifters use this program, for both raw meets and geared meets. The 5/3/1 Method is truly for anyone that is looking to get stronger. This is not a fancy training program that requires special equipment or Master's degree - all is required is your dedication to moving more weight than you had ever dreamed.
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