I started 5/3/1 for the bench press one month ago exactly. This was my first session of it and after reading the article I calculated my weights to be used off of 90% of my max. ( Which was 275) On the 3rd set of the first three weeks the program says to rep out but stay shy of failure. Well the first week I did 230 for 7 reps which was 85% of my 90% of max. The next week I got 5 reps with 250 which was 90% of my 90%, and the 3rd week I got 3 reps of 265 which was 95% of 90%.
The 4th week instead of doing the deload I repped out to failure with 205. The reasoning for this was because there was a lineman challenge for all of the local HS football teams and one of the events was a rep out with 205. Well anyways on the Wed. of that 4th week I got 205x20 reps. At the event on Saturday I got 205x23. The next Tuesday I restarted the 5/3/1/ cycle and just added 5 lbs to every set and this is where my question comes into play at.
I did 235x9 at 85% of my 90% calculation, the previous month at the same time in the cycle I llifted 230x7 where the program called for 85%x5+.
I increased 5 pounds and managed 2 more reps. Should I just up my other weights another 5-10 pounds because everything feels almost too light. I would not be opposed to staying where I am because I am making progress, but since I’m doing many more reps than what is prescribed I feel as if I’m not following 5/3/1 exactly.
Or should I start calculating all of the percentages off of my true 1RM?