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nSuns 5/3/1 Workout Program Review

By Nuwave

I've been doing the nsuns 5/3/1 workout from reddit for a good solid 5 months and while I really enjoyed the program there is some personal pros and cons to it and I wanted to explain why I won't be doing it anymore either. For those interested I'll try to briefly explain what nsuns is and if you want a more in depth walkthrough of the program check the reddit here.

*This is my personal review, I'm just a regular guy that likes to exercise and share my view. I'm not claiming to be anything more than just sharing an opinion of what I experienced*

nsuns 5/3/1 is a program that condenses the 4 weeks of Jim Wendler 5/3/1 into one workout week. The workout sessions lasted me anywhere from 1hr 30min up to 2hrs on hard leg days with lots of accessories. I got a decent level of strength increase and some improved aesthetics. In the end going on the 6 day squat version with workouts taking up to 2hrs+ I got bored eventually. So now I'm doing a PPL with a few extra accessories. I will say that doing nsuns for a while has really helped increase my endurance as well. I used to be gased out from 1hr long workouts of lifting weights(like Greyskulls,Starting Strength). Now I often workout for 1hr 20min+ and still have some energy left.

  • 4/5/6 day versions available depending on your schedule.
  • You always feel like you're progressing because you only do 1 rep+ at near training maxes.
  • LP program means you are always increasing the weight if ever so slightly, compared to 5/3/1 which is usually an increase every 4 weeks.
  • Massive amount of sets and reps gives you increased endurance and stamina after prolonged workout sessions.
  • Can increase your strength rapidly due to the huge amount of volume in the workout program (IF you sleep 8-9 hrs+ and get in a surplus of calories).
  • Something to do 6 days a week if you so choose and 1 day to rest or do yoga.
  • A beginner can do this program(with proper guidance) but won't be making max strength gains because this program is a mix of aesthetic/strength.
  • Very long workouts even with super setting.
  • Not very user friendly unless running an app or spreadsheet to track weights/sets ( I use Personal Training Coach app premium version).
  • Can be overwhelming amount of sets and reps when first starting out.
  • Need to read the reddit to find optimal suggested accessories to balance out the big amount of pressing movements.
  • Requires you to be sure to sleep enough for growth.
  • Requires you to be eating enough because this program becomes much harder on a calorie cut.

Overall as you can see in my Pros/Cons listed that nsuns actually has a lot going for it but the cons could be huge for some people depending on their lifestyle. I was able to run the 6 day version for a few months before I went to the 5 day mostly. Eventually I got burnt out too with it but I might go back to it at some point in the future. I need to build my strength up more because I felt like doing 8 reps of a low weight bench press was not very valuable of my time when I could be doing a 5×5 heavier bench press set in PPL. Depending on your goals if you want a mix between aesthetics and some strength nsuns 5/3/1 is good.

Here are some workout clips I've attached from my nsuns workout you can watch on youtube.

    nSuns 5/3/1 Workout Program Review

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nSuns 5/3/1 Workout Program Review
Lloyd L.

Thank you for visiting my website. My name is Lloyd and I live in Hawaii. I started working out in 2010. Read more on how I overcame adversity and transformed my life forever!

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