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by 5 · September 27, 2012 at 04:25 PM

Why does Wendler advise against setting up your pulls in 5/3/1 fashion? All the book examples, as well as logs I've seen, keep chinups and rows as a higher rep assistance only. Wendlers program has gotten me a 355 dead lift at 155 pounds, so I'm... (more)

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jakeA 0 · September 27, 2012 at 04:25 PM

5/3/1 does have a setup for pulls. Deadlift and power clean. He reccomends doing 10 pullups/chins between every set of pressing movements if you want that. If you're concerned about getting a heavy weighted pullup just program it like a regular... (more)

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by 96 · April 11, 2013 at 05:22 AM

I'm currently running Wendler 5/3/1 two days a weeks, full body. I typically think in terms of push/pull/legs. Can I consider the power clean a part of my "pulls", or does it need to be separated as an explosive lift? Since I've been practicing... (more)

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Meaty_1 0 · February 27, 2013 at 10:09 PM

I think jake makes a good point on the muscles involved in the clean and in pulling, but FWIW I tend to agree with rip that quickness / explosive strength is real strength, not just pure speed. Others make good points about the shoulder presses. I... (more)

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by 96 · May 10, 2012 at 09:51 PM

I've had great, consistent gains for the past 6 months running 5/3/1 with the Boring But Big template. I've done this with a leangains-style +20/-20 recomp. I can see my abdominal muscles for the first time in my life! While I'm happy that... (more)

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Todd_B 0 · May 10, 2012 at 06:58 PM

Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but my understanding is that there are only two ways to become "stronger". You either (1) become better/more efficient at the movement and, hence, are able to move a heavier weight, or (2) you add muscle mass. If... (more)