Jim Wendler’s Beyond 5/3/1 program appeared for the first time in his new book Beyond 5/3/1: Simple Training for Extraordinary Results. This program’s name is a bit confusing because this program is not really 5/3/1 at all. Wendler and many readers are already excited. Black Iron Beast is staying on top of the game with this new calculator.


April 9, 2017

Jim Wendler has a new book on the way: 5/3/1 Forever.

April 9, 2017

The site now is now served securely with https using Let’s Encrypt.

March 22, 2015

Added a 0.75 pound/kilogram plate input.

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.

July 12, 2013

With the Beyond 5/3/1 program being so new, the development of this calculator is in progress. What do want to see added? Let me know.

If you encounter any problems, please let me know ( and I’ll fix them as quickly as I can.

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I appreciate your support!


  1. Get the book Beyond 5/3/1: Simple Training for Extraordinary Results. The book explains how to structure your cycles and increases from one cycle to the next. There is a lot of freedom and responsibility given to the lifter to make the right choices.
  2. Enter your current maximum lift numbers in the form below.
  3. Click the “Calculate Program” button.
  4. Crank some Black Sabbath. Do not underestimate the importance of this step.
  5. Lift weights.
  6. Get stronger.
Barbell Weight  pounds

Enter how many pairs of each weight you have.

Unrealistically large plate counts might cause your browser to slow down or crash. So just enter what you actually have, not what you wish you had, dreamer. (This note has always been here but now it is yellow so people see it.)

 100 pounds
 55 pounds
 45 pounds
 35 pounds
 25 pounds
 20 pounds
 15 pounds
 10 pounds
 7.5 pounds
 5 pounds
 2.5 pounds
 2 pounds
 1.5 pounds
 1.25 pounds
 1 pounds
 0.75 pounds
 0.5 pounds
 0.25 pounds