Here are the accessory lifts for my 5/3/1/ for Jiu-jitsu variation.
I'm emphasizing relatively high horizontal pressing and rowing to boost upper pec hypertrophy and shoulder mobility/health. RDLs to complement the deadlifts. And while I'm thinking about front squats for the squat FSL at some point, I'm going to stick with just doing more back squats for now.
Reverse takedown counter to standing headlock after defending front bear hug (over the arms) with sprawl / Side control escape (frame, hipscape) / Side control escape (underhook to dogfight or recover guard
Since I'm always looking for them - and on the eve of the second half of my strength phase - here are the five articles in Bret Contreras' excellent, quantified guide to which exercises produce the most peak and mean muscle activation in one easy to reference location.
Starting in 2018, I'm going to leverage the 5/3/1 protocol from Jim Wendler for my strength training. As I'm nearing "advanced beginner/intermediate" level strength thanks to StrongLifts, I want to dial back the volume a bit. At the same time, since I'll still only do resistance training twice a week, I won't have to spend a week deloading. So rather than a daily progression with StrongLifts or a 4-week/monthly progression with regular 5/3/1 4x/week training, I'll have a three-week cycle before bumping up the weight.
I'll still follow the Duck Season/Rabbit Season template: OHP and deadlift on Monday Wednesday, squat and bench on Wednesday Monday, with Friday reserved as a makeup day. Not going to miss the bent over rows one bit.
I'm doing the FSL 5x10 for the first half of the assistance work - something I really like about 5/3/1. For the second half, I'm doing a metabolic finisher of four 500m row sprints on the ergometer, trying to average less than 2:15 min per sprint (1:1 work/rest ratio). In addition to giving me a little extra conditioning work, it will also help increase the amount of horizontal pulling I do relative to vertical pulling.Update: 1/8: In the interest of keeping the workout to 45 minutes, I'm keeping the FSL but no row sprints, which would add another 15 minutes to the workout.
My goal is to make 5/3/1 my regular year-around program for strength training. I think it strikes a good balance between training modalities - focus on a minimal possible number of movements, a heavy weight/max rep element, and a high-rep muscle endurance component - that I believe will serve me well as someone whose primary interest in being stronger is to support athletic output. It also seems to fold in well with my jiu-jitsu schedule when modified as a 2x/week instead of a 4x/week program.
I've been lifting weights twice a week since the beginning of September - Rabbit Season on Mondays and Duck Season on Wednesdays. And while I've certainly gotten stronger, am getting back to where I was at my strongest this spring, and am on track toward my goal of reaching "good" levels of strength by April 1st, it's worth noting that there has been no beneficial transfer over to my jiu-jitsu that I can identify.
Mostly that's because getting stronger is taking the place of improving conditioning. While it is true that it is preferable to get your conditioning on the mat if your primary activity is jiu-jitsu, it is also true that if you aren't getting to the academy as frequently as you'd prefer (i.e., 3-4 times a week), then relying on training to improve your conditioning is a recipe for frustration and failure.
The wife of one of my teammates - the rare teammate who is older, smaller, and senior in rank to me - once gave me a great piece of advice I've been resisting ever since. She said, essentially, that at our age (meaning my age and her husband's) we need to train for jiu-jitsu, instead of treating jiu-jitsu as training.
This means, without making too much of it, we need to treat everyday training with a mindset - and skillset and bodyset - not too unlike that of a competitor. At least if we're planning on jumping in the "everybody grab a partner" deep water of 30+ minute Live Training or Open Mat. Again, I don't want to overstate it. But I do want to focus on what works for those in a situation that may be similar to mine: a sea turtle swimming with the tiger sharks.
Sprawl Counter to Front Bear Hug Over the Arms / Leg Block and Takedown Counter to Headlock from Front Bear Hug / Lapel Wrist Wrap Set-Up for Baseball Choke from Side Control / Kimura Trap from Side Control