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5/3/1 for Powerlifting: Simple and Effective Training for Maximum Strength Paperback – 2011

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The 5/3/1 program is one of the most popular and widely used training programs today - and this is because it works. Strength, real strength training, has been lost in the world of fitness. We want heavily knurled bars, chalk and garage gyms. We need heavy squats and deadlifts. We go to extremes for the personal record. There are no secrets to getting strong and the 5/3/1 program has brought back the principles that have been lost among the academics and pencil necks.

5/3/1 for Powerlifting brings the program to the next level. This program remains simple and effective but gives you all the information for how to peak for a meet and display your strength on the platform. Even if you don't have plans on competing, this book will show you how to push for new one rep maxes and break through barriers.

The principles presented in this book have stood the test of time - these have been used by some of the world's strongest men in their quest for strength and size. Don't be fooled by parlor tricks and sleight of hand! Put a bar on your back or in your hands and get to work. 128 Pages.

Table of Contents

* A Declaration
* 5/3/1 Training
* 5/3/1 for Powerlifting: An Overview
* Off-Season Training
* Pre-Meet Training
* Meet Preparation Training
* N.O.V. Powerlifting
* Training for the Non-Competitive Powerlifter
* Old Man Winter: Training for Mr. Gray Pubes
* Assistance Work
* To Pause or Not to Pause: The Bench Press
* Using Knee Wraps
* Box Squats vs. Free Squats
* Choosing a Shoe
* Squatting in Gear
* Benching in a Shirt
* Deadlifting in a Suit
* Rich T. Baggins Squat Cycle
* Circa Max Training for the Squat
* Your First Powerlifting Meet
* Hot to Take Steroids
* Meet Checklist
* 100 Questions Answered

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 129 pages
  • Publisher: Jim Wendler LLC; First edition (2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0578096366
  • ISBN-13: 978-0578096360
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #440,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Justin M. James on January 22, 2012
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I read the original 5/3/1 (1st edition) a while back (about a year ago?), and I liked the program and have been loosely using it since. I finally found out that there was a new edition just for powerlifters, and I am glad I picked it up. Unlike the original, it contains information specific to geared lifters (but it is not entirely for geared lifters). It also had some useful recommendations regarding how to modify the program to fit your needs and how far out from a meet you are. Where the original contained a lot of things that any powerlifter should already know (like how to perform basic lifts), this edition replaces it with information that is of special interest to a powerlifter. While this book makes references to the original, the references are explained enough that this one can stand on its own just fine. Like the original, it makes for easy, short reading. If your interest is the sport of powerlifting, you can skip the original and just buy this one. Personally, I got more value out of it then I did the original.

J.Ja
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rowdy Dowdy on December 28, 2011
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This book gives a great overview of the original 5/3/1 program and then shows ways to tailor it if you want to improve your powerlifting. The 5/3/1 program has been incredibly effective for me. I bought this book to get more ideas. It was worth the money. I will incorporate some of the ideas when I start my next 5/3/1 cycle.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Closet Meathead on December 17, 2011
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Jim did a great job on this follow-up to his immensely popular 5/3/1/ book! I highly recommend this book for both powerlifters and people just looking to use 5/3/1 to get strong. He spends a lot of time explaining key concepts and going into more detail about topics first introduced in the original 5/3/1 book. As has been mentioned elsewhere, 5/3/1 will keep you lifting and progressing for a lifetime, not just one or two cycles.

One of the best things about the program is its flexibility, not only to the daily ups and downs of life but also to different lifters needs. I am 32 years old and fly every week for work, yet I still manage to use the 5/3/1 program for my training (hint: the two days a week method works great).

As an aside, I will suggest a bundle package for anyone buying this book:

1) 5/3/1 - The original
2) 5/3/1 For Powerlifting
3) Starting Strength - Basic Barbell Training by Rippetoe
4) A prowler
5) A spittoon (you'll know why after pushing the prowler and running the big mother hill)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Neophyle on October 28, 2012
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I have seen people complain that Jim Wendler's books are too expensive for what they contain, but I have to disagree with this assessment. His programs are well-recognized, have thousands of success stories behind them, and are simple enough for any lifter to follow. Hell, there's even a free app to track 5/3/1 training. So the information in the books is generally well worth the price. This book is no exception. He spends very little time outlining the basics of the program, instead focusing on the modifications and specific concerns of the powerlifter versus people training for any other reason. Gear concerns, tapering a program for meet preparation, and other concerns specific to the powerlifter's goals are the focus of this book.
Now, for the negative. I am pretty sure that no one edited this book at all. There are not only basic misspellings rampant throughout the book, but there are also numerous places where random symbols are inserted in the middle of a line. It looks as though it was composed in one format, then copy/pasted into a document in another format, and some kind of translation incompatibility replaced a lot of punctuation with other inappropriate symbols. At times, it actually makes comprehension of a sentence pretty difficult, but generally speaking, it is little more than an annoyance. How much of an annoyance is up to you entirely, but to me it reeks of amateurism.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 13, 2011
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I enjoy Wendler's simple style. The best systems, of just about anything, have a basic structure, but allow for flexibility within that structure. There is nothing magical or mysterious about 531. Far too many of us get caught up in assistance exercises, gimmicks and techniques too advanced or implemented wrong and never progress in our primary lifts. By providing a basic structure that stresses the Deadlift, Squat, Bench Press and Overhead Press and a simple progression scheme that a majority of trainees are lacking coupled with multiple ways to individualize or add variety, Wendler offers a system that is pure gold. He reviews the basic system and then tweeks things a bit to gear it to powerlifting, and offers meet prep framework. That said, this is not a "get strong overnight" or fad program. It is for the long haul, so if you want to get off your hampster wheel, stop the "insanity", prep for a meet, or just structure your training and actually make some progress...do it! Just for the record, women are not immune to the benefits of 531!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Mckay on January 13, 2013
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I have played contact sports and been in law enforcement most of my life. After college football I got into law enforcement for 15 years. 5/3/1 is the best program I have used to gain size and strength. Jim Wendler has made getting strong easy to understand. I only wish I would have had this information years ago. If you can commit to the 5/3/1 plan it will work. I have had great success with it over the last year and half . I got a fellow Swat team member on 5/3/1 he and my younger brother are off to setting personal records. To make the gains you have to be honest and find your real mazes. Remember it makes getting strong easy to understand, not easy. If your not gonna squat or dead lift like most don't bother, get p90x and be a little bitch the rest of your life.
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