I was on an SL/SS type of program for about half a year, and as much as I want to stay linear, I really couldn’t keep up with the progression anymore. I was deloading more often than I should even though I kept gaining weight, and the workouts are staring to feel like a total grind. Seeing as I’m not progressing as intended on this kind of program anymore, I’ve decided to switch to a more flexible, albeit slower one.
This is the 5/3/1 variant I’m going to use…
With some modifications I’ve made here and there:
That’s pretty much an entire cycle. Basically, I put the presses first instead of the squat and the deadlift, and made them alternating, instead of bench pressing twice a week and pressing only once a week. Everything else stays the same.
As for my goals, I want the 5RMs of my squat and my deadlift to reach the upper 200 mark, and my presses the upper 100s. Getting a little lean would be nice, too, but getting stronger is more important.
I’m going to retest my rep maxes next week. I’ll film it and post it here for hilarity’s sake.