What program should I choose?
Updated: Sep 6, 2022
What program should I choose?
How many times have you Googled powerlifting programs or coaches?
I have had at least three different coaches, not including myself. I have tried no less than six various programs, from Cube Method, 5/3/1, Juggernaut, 5th Set, and last but not least, the Conjugate Method. I used each program for at least months, except the Conjugate Method (I still use this one).
I used Google, reviewed countless books and articles, and asked experienced lifters which programs were the best ones out there. They all had different answers, and what I found was that each person had various preferences and goals. As I'm sure you know, many options are out there, and finding the best one for you may require testing out multiple programs.
Evaluate what you are looking for, what you need, and what you want. For example, are you looking for something that will allow for periodization, or do you want something that you will be able to get a benefit of both heavy lifts, repetition, and speed work?
Look for a program or a coach that can combine all of those wants and needs. Both options are good, but it would be best to find something you'll ultimately be dedicated to and consistent with to get the best results.
Consider your preferences. If you are unsure of what you want, a simple way to figure it out is to ask yourself two questions. First, do you crave variety, or do you enjoy a particular type of training that is an easy-to-follow routine? Once you figure that out, the options are much more limited and easier to choose from.
The biggest takeaway here is that you might end up enjoying one specific program, or you might find that you enjoy multiple types. While asking around is great for extending your knowledge base, there is nothing better than educating yourself and working with an experienced coach in the methods you're interested in.
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Coaches' Corner: Episode 15 - Powerlifting Program 5/3/1
The next four weeks will be dedicated to discussing four of the most popular powerlifting program methods. This week, we started off with the 5/3/1 method, designed by Jum Wendler. This is popular for beginner powerlifters but is also an excellent method overall.