If you are following my training, you’ll see it’s changed a bit in the last couple of weeks. As with anything, you need to change your strategy and approach as your goals change or evolve.
For most of 2009, I trained using the basic programming from Wendler’s 5/3/1. No doubt, this is an outstanding training philosophy, and was exactly what I needed to rebuild my base and get back in the training habit. I highly recommend training this way if you have diffuse goals. However, I was getting to the point where I was dreading Squat days, which is a sign that a percentage based program with linear progression is ending its useful life for me. The idea that I had to hit at least 5 reps at 85% made me not want to go train, which becomes counterproductive. Continue reading