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1/26/2015 8:11:12 AM - Dustin
I own a gym and was doing Wendler's 5/3/1 for 5 years. With that program I grew my gym in square footage and in members. Out of that grew a Male Only Group and a Female Only Group, each training 3 times per week. As I've been experimenting, we have stepped away from the 5/3/1 for 2 months. In Dec and Jan we ran circuits with the groups and I'm thinking of in February focussing on Hypertrophy work then in March using the 5/3/1 and potentially continuing this 3 month cycle with the groups (1 month each of Circuits then Hypertrohy then Powerlifting then repeat). I would say the overall sense of the groups are not powerlifting competition but general fitness and weight loss but wanting to keep it interesting. If you would, Please share with me the Pro's and Con's of such a program and a good template for Hypertrophy work outs, since I have more of a Powerlifting background. Thanks you so much for your time and input.

First, I would keep 5/3/1 the basis of the program. All you do for hypertrophy is keep all assistance work in the 10-15 range. If you do circuits, continue 5/3/1 and instead of normal assistance work do your circuit plan. Just because the focus may be a little different doesn't mean you should change the plan. Just tweak it to meet your current goals. This way you develop your own version of 5/3/1 that works.

Hope that helps. Coffee hasn't kicked in, yet.

Matt Rhodes

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