April 10, 2015
As one of the zillion steps towards launching the new Black Iron Beast app, the entire site is now secured with https so that private details like login passwords will be safe when you use the app. A small bummer is that this change means right now you may have to enter your previous values into the calculator form below just this one time. After that the calculator will start remember your values between future visits.
March 26, 2015
Check out that "BLOG" link at the top of the page. A first sneak peek of the app is hiding in there.
March 22, 2015
Added a 0.75 pound/kilogram plate input.
January 16, 2015
A generous donation supported the addition of the Full Body, Full Boring template from Wendler’s book Beyond 5/3/1: Simple Training for Extraordinary Results.
December 23, 2014
I've moved the Assistance Template selection to the top of the form and renamed it just Template because with Wendler’s newer templates even which main lifts are used is controlled by your template choice. For example, the Beach Body Challenge has hang cleans but no other template does. It isn't a world of just press, dead, bench, squat anymore.
December 22, 2014
A generous donation supported the addition of a bodybuilding template from T-Nation Blood and Chalk 8 and Wendler’s Blog.
December 21, 2014
It’s the shortest day of the year. Time to start thinking about your beach body! I’ve added the Beach Body Challenge template. This template is not really 5/3/1 at all but it’s from Wendler and definitely reflects his way of thinking.
December 18, 2014
Fixed the Simplest Strength template. Now you can enter your maxes for the big assistance exercises: incline press, close-grip bench press, front squat, and stiff-leg deadlift. Simplest Strength is a great template that Wendler has promoted heavily. I hope these changes to the calculator encourage more people to try it for a few cycles.
December 17, 2014
Thanks to Rippetoe’s lectures, we’ve all grown up and know that “Press” means “Standing Overhead Barbell Press” or “Military Press”. Even Wendler calls it just “Press” these days. Now this calculator does too.
November 23, 2014
Added Boring But Big deload options from the Beyond 5/3/1 book.
November 22, 2014
Added Boring But Big 5 × 5, 5 × 3, and 5 × 1 variations from the Beyond 5/3/1 book.
November 20, 2014
Added four more deload week options from the Beyond 5/3/1 book.
November 19, 2014
Added two warm-up options: DeFranco Agile 8 and None.
November 7, 2014
Added the “Young Jim Wendler” routine from Wendler’s T Nation article thanks to a user request. Solid advice for young American football players.
This also means I can add other templates with power cleans. Let me know which templates you want to see here.
November 6, 2014
Boring But Big sets across 65%, 70%, 75%, and 80% now available thanks to a user request. I didn’t know some of you are such extreme masochists. Be careful you don’t over do it.
July 2, 2014
The bar weight input in the form now allows you to enter any weight. Honest folks using 20 kg bars can enter 44 lbs. Others at freaky gyms can enter 18.7 or whatever.
February 23, 2014
Check out the new Cube calculator for Brandon Lilly’s program.
November 23, 2013
Two great new features that make using the calculator easier than ever...
First, the form now remembers all your data from the last time you clicked the “Calculate Program” button. A big time saver for you so that you don’t have to reenter all your maxes, plates, etc each time you use the calculator.
Second, a special feature for coaches and training buddies: After clicking the “Calculate Program” you will now see a link directly to the program. You can copy this link (just right click and copy link) and send it to a client or friend. When they follow that link, they will immediately see the program you have sent them. You can even save the link as a favorite or bookmark for yourself.
Both of these new features were made possible by a donation.
November 2, 2013
Added Brad Kaczmarski’s new main lift programming option 8/6/3 for Size and Strength. Made possible by a donation.
July 14, 2013
Option to switch from 5/3/1 to 3/5/1 week ordering. Also, Boring But Big option to pair Squat work sets with BBB deadlift sets, etc. Less boring.
July 12, 2013
Folks are excited about the Beyond 5/3/1 program. It isn’t really 5/3/1 at all so doesn’t fit into this calculator...See the new Beyond 5/3/1 Calculator!
July 12, 2013
First Set Last: Multiple Sets options from Wendler’s new book Beyond 5/3/1: Simple Training for Extraordinary Results are now available in the calculator. What do want to see added to the Black Iron Beast calculator? Let me know. firstname.lastname@example.org
July 11, 2013
Pyramid and First Set Last options from Wendler’s new book Beyond 5/3/1: Simple Training for Extraordinary Results are now available in the calculator.
July 10, 2013
Joker sets have been the hottest request from Wendler’s new book Beyond 5/3/1: Simple Training for Extraordinary Results are now available in the calculator.
June 25, 2013
Get Wendler’s new book Beyond 5/3/1: Simple Training for Extraordinary Results Which templates do you want added to the Black Iron Beast calculator? Let me know. email@example.com
April 17, 2013
Added the Bastard option to do the work sets in reverse from Wendler’s recent blog post.
Added a non-Wendler 5/3/1 template called “Karl’s Method” from the Starting Strength forum. This is a two week template that skips the 3’s week and the deload week. Possibly good for someone in the early intermediate stage.
April 2, 2013
A feature requested by several users. You can now calculate your next cycle based on:
- Your Real Rep Max
- Your Wendler Training “Max”
- Your Desired 1+ Set Weight
March 18, 2013
On top of creating the new look of the site, I just spent a bunch of time and energy adding more templates:
- Boring But Big 3 days/week
- Tirumvirate 3 days/week
- Jack Shit 3 days/week
- Periodization Bible 3 days/week
- Bodyweight 3 days/week
- Boring But Big 3 Month Challenge
- Simplest Strength
- Full Body Phase 1
- Full Body Phase 2
- Full Body Phase 3
- 2 days/week Option 1
- 2 days/week Option 2
- More Squatting
- For Beginners