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    Default 5 x 3 to extend NLP program question

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    I've recently got back into where I am assuming is the back end of my NLP. (previous maxes: 135 squat, 105 bench, 180 dead, 63.5 press) and I've found that going to a 5 x 3 is a good way to extend the program (as well as micro jumps).

    I consulted the blue book to double check what I was doing programming wise, and realised that it only references micro loading at the end of the NLP as a technique to extend it. I obviously mis remembered reading that switching to 5 sets of x 3 reps was in the blue book.

    My question is if it's not from the blue book, where did I pick it up from? I know it's mentioned plenty of times on the forum for various reasons. Is it just one of those silly things people say that I've picked up? or is it a "proper" technique to extend the NLP?

    Is it a worthwhile technique to continue or should I go back to 3 x 5 and utilise micro loading as the only extension technique?

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    Switching to 5x3 is a common tactic for women and older lifters. It's mentioned in Practical Programming and The Barbell Prescription. It's mentioned on the boards and SS podcast a lot.
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    Sex of the OP?

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    Male, mid 30's.

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    These are not male numbers, unless you are 5'2" and 125.

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    I can't see the geolocation, so I'm just going to ask. OP, are your numbers in kilos or pounds? What's your height and weight?
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    Yeah, damn near has to be kilos. Read the articles anyway.

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    Yes kilos of course down here in Australia, 5 foot 10 and 180 pounds if I've converted right.

    Thanks anyway.

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    Did you read the articles at the links I provided?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Rippetoe View Post
    Did you read the articles at the links I provided?
    I did, I'm probably resting too long between sets at 5 or so mins. I'll go back to 3 sets of 5 and eat/sleep more.

    Thank you.

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