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5/3/1: How to Build Pure Strength

Jim Wendler's 5/3/1/ program promises slow and steady gains that will eventually turn you into the strongest guy in the gym. And it delivers, every time.

Blood and Chalk 1

Elite Fitness System's own Devil's Advocate pulls out his pitchfork and stabs your questions about getting seriously strong.

Blood and Chalk 2

The Hellraiser returns with answers about bands and chains, reverse hypers, assistance moves for the squat, mixed-grip lifting, and lots more topics.

Blood and Chalk 3

The original Bad Santa reveals the best assistance lifts, the best posterior chain movements, and the merits of the box squat as opposed to the standard squat.

Blood and Chalk 4

The Devil's Advocate returns to talk overhead presses, cable pull throughs, finishers, pin presses, and why those dudes winning Super Bowl rings look the way they do.

Blood and Chalk 5

The Ohio Hellraiser returns to talk assistance exercises, peaking for meets, and why losing your lunch sprinting up a hill is a good thing.

Blood and Chalk 6

The Ohio Hellraiser talks gaining weight, losing fat, and how to make the most out of crappy workouts.

Blood and Chalk 7

Rack pulls, training injuries, big-time inspiration, and the difference between Metallica and real heavy metal? It must be Blood & Chalk time.

5/3/1 Reloaded

Jim Wendler answers all your questions about his proven 5/3/1 training system. Check it out.

Blood and Chalk 8

Bad Santa is back with a sleigh full of info on unilateral training, winning habits, and how to combine 5/3/1 with bodybuilding.

World's Simplest Training Template

Most lifters try to progress in strength, hypertrophy, stretching, and conditioning at the same time. Huge mistake! Here's a better way to, well, get better.

Blood and Chalk 9

Training raw versus with gear, a strong grip, and the importance of hitting PR's even when your life's in the dumper. You got questions, the Hellraiser has answers.

Blood and Chalk 10

The Hellraiser returns to talk speed training, assistance work, chin-ups, and building a home gym that screams "Awesome."

Blood and Chalk 11

Wendler talks plyo, bands, chains, the safety squat bar, the thumbless grip, and taking accessory lifts to failure.

Boring But Big 3-Month Challenge

If you're not as strong as you look, you're a fake, a scam, a knuckle-dragging billboard for "all show and no go" syndrome. Here's your intervention.

Conditioning 101

You'll never be the last man standing if you're fat and out of shape. Here are eight ways to ramp up your conditioning while keeping your strength.

6 Specialty Bars for Strength and Size

A conventional barbell is fine, but if that's all you use you're missing out on strength gains and a little novelty. Change your bar to improve your training.

My Favorite Upper Body Lift

How Jim Wendler went from overhead pressing 95 pounds to 300 pounds.

A Letter to My Younger Self

What Jim Wendler would say to his teenaged self about training, conditioning, and life could be exactly what you need to hear right now.

The Walk On

From walk-on to scholarship football player - a guide to achieving your dream, whatever it is.

5/3/1 and Athletes

Sports specific training is a myth. Athletes need to be mobile, fast, and strong, and it starts by following the basic rules outlined here.

Effective Training for Busy Men

Life has this annoying habit of interfering, but that doesn't mean training should get put on the back burner.

Mentoring Wendler

Some of our greatest accomplishments are the result of good mentoring. Here’s who guided 5/3/1’s Jim Wendler.

Shoulder Rehab, Wendler Style

An effective shoulder rehab plan needs to be intelligent, slow, and methodical. Check out this one by Jim Wendler.

6 Mistakes I Made - So You Don't Have To

Great advice regarding good mornings, triceps extensions, bench press with bands, switching exercises too often, and more.