About Jim Wendler. Jim Wendler is the creator and author of the 5/3/1 Training Program. This program has been Kindle Edition. $ 5/3/1: The Simplest and. and Most Effective Training System for Raw Strength – Kindle edition by Jim Wendler. Publisher: Jim Wendler LLC; 2nd Edition edition (December 5, ) . Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training, 3rd edition by Mark Rippetoe Paperback Beyond 5/3/1: Simple Training for Extraordinary Results by Jim Wendler .

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Lists with This Book. Jan 05, Thomas rated it really liked it Shelves: I’m five months into The Greyskull LP: Second Edition ‘s beginner lifting program, and am starting to research intermediate lifting programs for when my beginner’s linear gains likely run out in the couple months.

Note that even though this program can be adapted for beginners, the book seems to assume working knowledge of the correct form and mechanics for the lifts. If you don’t know those, check out Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training for super super detailed descriptions of the exercises themselves. I obviously can’t comment on the efficacy of the system itself, as I’m reading this well before starting it, but I particularly liked a lot of Wendler’s philosophical approach to lifting: These have huge carry over to everything else you use your body for.

The rest of your lifting is to support your growth in these lifts. Focus on what keeps you improving for years, not where you can get in the next 4 weeks. Being a single-dimensional athlete is not a path to happiness.

5/3/1: The Simplest and Most Effective Training System for Raw Strength

My only real quibble with the material as presented is that it isn’t always clear why one might choose one of the assistance lift schemes over another. The book also suffers a bit from the overly-macho attitude that pervades most fitness writing “moving north of vag”? Jun 19, Anchit rated it liked it. He just rams everything on your head.

There’s no explanation for why one is better than the other. In-between he puts up his own pics and that’s not convincing either because he just looks like a giant chunk of mass. There’s no explanation for why 5 reps is better than Arnold’s recommended reps.

No background about how he figured it editiin, or what he observed that convinced him about this. Just “This is the best. If someone asks me questions I answer once.

If they ask again, then that guy’s go He just rams everything on your head. If they ask again, then that guy’s got a problem in his head”. The language is also written mostly as an “alpha type”. It just wheys in on why I think it’s a stupid book. I’m not criticizing his workout routine or saying that it doesn’t work. Sure it works since so many people have benefitted from it. But his book has many contradictions like: Once you’re done with those you can add smaller exercises.


The most off-putting thing about this book is his talking style which sounds conceited “I know better wenndler you, I know seond than Arnold, I know better than everyone around me”.

There’s also stuff like “I tell them don’t do that! Don’t pick up a weight that you can lift only once. You won’t gain anything. Instead aim for higher reps. Like 5 eidtion – There’s a wendlsr other passages like this which makes you wonder who around him is that dumb so as to aim for a single rep. It’s the most obvious wisdom. And I wouldn’t call 5 reps as “higher reps”. Still don’t know why he called it so. The second half of the book is filled with various workout plans with short one-line explanations.

None of the explanations actually say why X is better than Y. It’s like “This is X. X is good”, “This is Y. On the plus side this book makes you think about progressive weight training – both in the long term and across your sets.

I’m giving them a try these days. View all 5 comments. Dec 06, John rated it it was amazing Shelves: So I’ve been going through this system for a few months now, and frankly it works.

I’m in and out of the gym in 45 minutes and I’m progressing quicker than when I spent over an hour a day. Even if you don’t want to do the rep calculations, and you feel a 1 rep max is all-important over rep maxes I’m not disparaging this line of thinking, whatever motivates you is what’s important I found the mindset of keeping it simple, taking the deload week, and making gradual i So I’ve been going through this system for a few months now, and frankly it works.

I found the mindset of keeping it simple, taking the deload week, and making gradual improvements rather than throwing yourself repeatedly at a wall to be more beneficial than any regime I could go on. Too many people think you have to make training your life if you want to get strong. That’s just not true.

Feb 04, Emelia rated it it was ok. Wendler seems to think that the foremost aspect of lifting involves being a hyper-masculine dude’s-dude and shooting your load into the fairer sex as often as possible. It really has no lack of unprofessionalism. His nutritional information is misguided at best, and contradictory at times, for example: His site touts that this book is for “any lifter”, but really seems to neglect anybody who doesn’t fall under his own closed-off ideals of being a wide-necked muscle bro, instead of helping to open up the world of lifting to the masses.

Great information, great program, questionable writing. Also, if you’re lactose intolerant, please don’t take his advice and drink a gallon of milk a day. Jun 21, JoeEO rated it it was amazing. Lifting heavy weights is strong medicine. This book provides a prescription for the recommended dosage. The author is a well known power lifter with best lifts of a lbs squat, a lb bench press and a lb deadlift.


Even if your health and fitness goals are not aligned with lifting heavy weights they should be – this book describes a program for the application of the key concept of strength training – Progressive Overload. The idea is that you lift weights to get stronger – to do that y Lifting heavy weights is strong medicine.

The idea is that you lift weights to get stronger – to do that you need to lift heavier weights on a regular basis to accomplish that goal.

Buy the book, understand the program, get a excel spreadsheet use your favorite search engine to find pre-formatted spreadsheets for the program and start your anti-aging strength program. Jun 18, Sam Caldwell rated it liked it. I really don’t like the overly-masculine writing affectation. The design of the programming is really undermotivated, lacking any explanation beyond “it’s worked for me and others. Mar 14, Jenny rated it really liked it. I like that this book was short and to-the-point.

It’s a bit meatheadish out of the 10 or so success stories Wendler includes, only one was for a female and some of the “assistance” moves are exercises I would never do i. I also like that his plan can apply to various people.

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On my part, I’m not a body builder and my clients aren’t either. I like this plan because a I need both a goal to work toward as well as a plan wendlet will help me get there. This plan seems effective and doable; and b I like that it doesn’t ask me to spend an hour completing the workout. Monday I implemented Day 1 and I was done within about minutes Nov 28, Eric rated it really liked it.

My clients have a wide variety of goals, problems, priorities and schedules. They spend a lot of time working on other athletic skills and need varying amounts of strength training depending on the sport.

Programs that are too rigid and heavy are not a good fit for guys like this that need to cross train. You can use a 2,3 or 4 seconx template along with a variety of strategies to further customize your strength training.

As a trainer, that’s invaluable. Aug 19, Joe rated it it was amazing. A top book on building strength. This is totally focused on strength and not necessarily looking good. I’m not sure I would want to look like the author, no offence.