- Paperback: 133 pages
- Publisher: Jim Wendler LLC; 2nd Edition edition (2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0578097389
- ISBN-13: 978-0578097381
- ASIN: B00686OYGQ
- Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (343 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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5/3/1: The Simplest and Most Effective Training System for Raw Strength (2nd Edition) Paperback – 2011
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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.Read more ›
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).Read more ›
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.
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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Very good book. I haven't started the program yet as I just finished the book but I cannot wait to get started on it. Looking forward to making plenty of progress in the next yearPublished 4 days ago by Wesley Kuczek
This is a great strength/training program. I've gotten my squat over 300#s and I'm over 40!!!! This is simply the best way to lift/train IMO. Wendler is a hero in my book.Published 1 month ago by N. Raphael Davis
First of all, this is a great book....for a serious weightlifter. With the simple title and what seemed a simple concept, I bought this book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mary Komisar
There are really two things to review here: there's the 531 program, and then there's book itself. Short and sweet, the program is golden but the book stinks. Read morePublished 2 months ago by xendaddy