Originally Posted by MarkI
Anyone wanna do me a solid and explain 5/3/1 to me like i'm five years old. The T nation article is all convoluted and wordy.
Don't switch to 5/3/1 yet man. Milk everything you can out of simple linear progression for as long as possible. 5/3/1 is slower progression, since you work with sub maximal weights most of the time and only push for a PR once every month or something like that.
I actually switched to ICF full body 3 x a week from a upper lower 4 x a week split and I'm seeing faster strength gains now. Almost all isolation movements are gone but I practice the main lifts more often. I will continue with it until I no longer can increase the weight every session, and then I'll try something like madcow or texas method.
Most people are "beginners" and can continue with linear progression longer than they think. I don't think you need to look into intermediate or advanced programming with periodization until you can bench 225-250, squat 300 and DL 400+ for reps (maybe you are already around those weights?). Any decent program will work ofc, I just think you can get faster progress with a simpler program.
Also, don't switch program when you start cutting. That'll have you reset weights which could cause strength loss on a cal deficit. I believe in cutting on a similar program as you were bulking with.
Edit: don't wanna sound preachy, just wanna give my opinion