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5/3/1: The Simplest and Most Effective Training System for Raw Strength [Kindle Edition]

Jim Wendler
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (223 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The success of the 5/3/1 Method has been nothing short of extraordinary. For the 3 years, 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.

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.

The 5/3/1 2nd Edition features new chapters on programming assistance training for all the big assistance lifts. No more questions on what weights to do and what exercises to choose from. Full body training to increase your squatting and overall strength. Simple and effective ways to eat for size and strength are revealed. Jim also covers how to combine 5/3/1 and Crossfit-style conditioning for maximum benefits and recovery. Finally, rest/pause training for assistance work for building size and strength is programmed for maximum benefit.

136 pages

Product Details

  • File Size: 2825 KB
  • Print Length: 131 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00686OYGQ
  • Publisher: Jim Wendler LLC; 2nd Edition edition (December 5, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,713 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5/3/1 Second Edition September 4, 2012
Like a few others, I did not purchase through Amazon, but I purchased the eBook through his site, but it should be the same thing.

For those that are questioning the difference between version 1 and version 2, there is a bit more detail, FAQ's, and I think another template or two. But honestly, if you have the first edition check out his website and also his free articles on tnation and you can see most if not all of the changes.

I wasted MANY years off and on in the gym getting nowhere. I read way too many articles and did things like worry about using a stop watch to time the length between sets, worry about time under tension, this loading scheme, that loading scheme. It was always information overload that lead to frustration and burnout and over thinking. A little over a year ago I started on 5/3/1. Here are a few reasons why I think it is good:

- Simplicity. Jim gives different templates in the book depending on your focus at the time. He takes most of the thinking out of it. Just plug in your numbers.
- The right exercises. The fact is a lot of people waste time in the gym doing arm curls and other isolation movements. I used to do them and got nowhere. 5/3/1 uses big boy exercises throughout. You can't help but make progress.
- Supplements. No BS here trying to sell snake oil or pimp some company. Basically he says to eat right and get plenty of rest. So often you see plugs for this supplement or that supplement. Maybe some fish oils, multi-vitamims or other cheap basics, but none of that 100$ bottle of powder that you have to use to get "big". Eat enough good food to make progress (you have to know your own body), get plenty of rest, and follow 5/3/1.
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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and Effective January 5, 2012
This book gets 5 stars because it is simple and you will get stronger. It lays out how to keep getting stronger while working just below maximal weight, a huge benefit because it helps you keep going month after month without getting fried. I like to go to the gym with a plan. If you follow this program and have a good idea of what your max is on the big lifts (Squat, Deads, Press, Brench Press, Power Clean) you can go to the gym and put it on autopilot so that all you need to do is concentrate on the lifts and doing the 1st grade math to rack the bar. It also helps deal with the excersize ADD that most have by stearing you toward excersizes that maximize gains in total body strength. There is no fluff here, think authors/coaches/lifters such as Rippetoe and Starr, with simpler programming. Little to no guesswork is required.

I should note that I have not purchased the hard copy, but rather the ebook for both editions 1 and 2. As far as I know the content is exactly the same. I saw that this was now available on amazon and wanted to write a review because I think Jim's philosphy on strength and fitness is the best for 99.9% of the population.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile long term plan February 28, 2013
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I love buying fitness books; I'm not an expert, never will be (I think I missed my true calling), but I was an overweight guy who lost 60+ pounds about ten years ago by following the programs in the magazines and the internet. I did succeed, but that was more dumb luck than knowledge. After about 18 months to 2 years, I stalled, and I didn't change my physique at all. At 190 pounds, I was weak. I could crank out some pushups, tons of situps, yes, but my first attempt with a real barbell in 2005 was a humbling attempt to bench 125 lbs. From them until 2012, well, I played with medicine balls, dumbbells, chinups, etc. in a sort of haphazard fashion.

This second edition has more programming options than the first edition. The first edition, however, has everything you need. The second edition addresses our (meaning us men) for many different options so that we can put our own personal stamp on our training program.

I have a whole bookcase of stuff--yes, many of them were cheaper, but only a few (Rippetoe, Dan John) are worth as much as Wendler's 5/3/1. If you love working out and love having a precise plan, Wendler's program is for you. If you would rather "wing-it," and work chest and biceps whenever you feel like it for whatever weight feels "right" until "failure," this book is not for you. Read on if curious; if not, you have my go-ahead to spend your hard-earned money. It is short and sweet: no science or explanations or sales-pitches, just the plan. My only negative remark for Jim: for $25 bucks for each black and white book, hire a proofreader who will ensure your product is professional (some formatting and punctuation issues/typos).
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars it's simple and it works February 6, 2012
By Steve_C
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the book lays out the 5/3/1 program. the program can be run 2, 3 or 4 days a week (i find this versatility useful - I use the 2 day a week during the rugby season, and 3 day split during off season). it's based on squats, deadlifts, bench press, overhead press, and can also be used on other compound lifts (eg. power clean, weighted dips/chins, etc). the weights that you'll lift each time you go to the gym as well as the minimum number of target reps are calculated based on your one rep max on each lift so you can work out beforehand exactly what your aim for each session is. the weights are gradually increased so you get stronger. the emphasis is on the main lifts, with assistance templates for addressing weak points. as the book points out the assistance work is secondary to the main lifts - these are the ones which will make you stronger.

i've run it for about 8 months and have seen good results so far. the book is humourous, and the simplicity of the program and the fact that it works make it worthwhile
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great program, easy to understand and follow, and it does get you strong.
Published 5 days ago by Octavio Parra-Alvarez
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read but
Good book but could have had more of the science behind why his principles work but I have seen tremendous strength gain already and I am only on my 3rd week
Published 5 days ago by George Scharps
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely great for working on a foundation.
Jim offers a great system for improving strength long term. A great system for focusing on the basics. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Lenin Rodriguez
2.0 out of 5 stars Kick the 5/3/1 horse again...I think it's not dead yet.
This book is not bad, but it is almost an exact rip off of a better written sports specific book titled Bigger Faster Stronger - 2nd Edition by Greg Shepard, which is possibly the... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Roland Frye
4.0 out of 5 stars Easily understood by a beginner
Quick read. Very informational. Easily understood by a beginner.
Published 21 days ago by Michael Papi
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Super simple but brilliantly effective!
Published 1 month ago by Matthew Putnam
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
The best guide to raw strength.
Published 1 month ago by Laverne Adams
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very easy to follow and understand
Published 1 month ago by RICHARD
5.0 out of 5 stars Great strength program to add on to CrossFit
Simple, straight forward book on how to get stronger. I heard of it from the Barbell Shrugged podcast and was sold. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A good place for anyone to start.
One of the best training books out there. This will put you straight. Listen to him for a year and you'll be a better person.
Published 1 month ago by Robert J Fabsik Jr
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