Man, 35 sure sounds young to this 52 year old. First post, long time lurker.
I've been doing 5/3/1 for about 6 months now, using the Vandersoft app to plan and track my workouts. This cycle (currently in week 2), I'm about 2 reps weaker than I was in early December. That's pretty much across the board - press/deads/bench/squat, where I'd hit say 10 reps then, I only got 8 this cycle with the same weight.
What changed that I can maybe attribute the difference to? I cycled off creatine (started again this weekend), and I did the last set first variation instead of my usual "big muscles" for assistance/extra work. Not sure if either of those matter.
Maybe it's just a rut, and the next week will show improvement. Progress has been fairly steady otherwise, though not always PRs every workout. So I'm wondering about my next cycle, should I just keep increasing my cycle weight or should I back it off to where I was in early December? Or maybe even the one before that?
My goal is general strength, but I'd really like to do a real powerlifting meet at some point, just to say I did it.
Thanks for any suggestions!