Choosing a Workout Program

The video below from Elliott Hulse at strengthcamp is an opinion I share about choosing a workout routine.


Blindly select a workout program that works for numerous people. (I listed some below.)

Follow it for a year.

Learn to make adjustments to the program over time that benefit you.

Enjoy continued progress without wasting your time looking for the magic program or some miraculous new discovery when it comes to lifting weights.

Hold yourself accountable.


Example: I have consistently followed 5/3/1 for over two years now and have steady progress in all my main lifts. I have made tweaks to the program to accommodate my goals and work hard in the gym. The changes I make are made gradually over time. I keep the things that I feel improve me and get rid of what doesn’t seem to be helping. What doesn’t change is the general approach to training. I still read a lot about training from various authors/lifters, but I don’t let it affect me to the point where I go program hopping every month or two. I utilize the information to make minor positive changes to my training when I see fit. I still utilize the fundamentals of 5/3/1 (with principles of Jim Wendler’s new book Beyond 5/3/1).


Some programs that I believe are very solid in their approach are listed below. You could literally blindly choose from one of these, if you wanted. Or you can spend the time to read through them all and then choose one. Whichever method you choose, pick one program and run it for at least one year like Elliott Hulse mentions in his video.

Jim Wendler’s 5/3/1 – If you choose this one, I strongly advise also reading Beyond 5/3/1.

Jonnie Candito’s Training Program – You can download this one for free, but I would suggest leaving him a donation if you have the cash to spare. It’s a solid program that he’s making available to everyone.

The Cube Method by Brandon Lilly

The Juggernaut Method by Chad Wesley Smith

Westside for Skinny Bastards by Joe DeFranco – Free PDF. This one is great for athletes.


Work hard and you will be successful with any of these. Instead of wasting time trying to find the ‘best’ way to train, just work your ass off with the principles of a proven program. That’s just my opinion though.