Why are programs like 5/3/1, WSFSB, and others like the Bill Starr inspired 5 X 5 program so popular? They are simple (although not easy mind you), easily understood, and easily applied. Beyond that, they’re extremely effective. Basic set, rep, and progressive resistance protocols and programs are back “en vogue,” and in my opinion, they should have never fallen out of favor to begin with.
The problem with many beginner and intermediate trainees is they tend to use training methods, techniques, and protocols that are entirely too advanced for their existing level of strength and fitness. While cluster training, wave loading, undulating and conjugate periodization schemes, Sheiko, circa max cycles, variable resistance, accommodating resistance, and others have all proven to be extremely valuable and result producing for people who are already strong, these methods are generally unnecessary and potentially detrimental for the beginner to intermediate trainee. Trainees at this level simply don’t need to use these techniques. They don’t know how to apply them, and they often do nothing more than complicate training.