[Note: Changed the title to keep my questions in one spot and not open more threads]
Brief Bio... I'm a 45 y/o, 5'6" 300 lbs former state-level powerlifter and just getting back into the gym to drop weight, gain strength and mobility. I've been using 5/3/1 for 6 months with very low training max to start with. I've been keeping with +5/+10 per cycle for the main lifts as prescribed in 5/3/1.
Current Training Maxes
Current 1RM (Yeah, went a little crazy with the Joker Sets)
@ <200 lbs body weight
Bench: 405 (Most important goal, the rest are afterthoughts really)
My current plan (based on a previous post and comments from Jim) is as follows...
BBB - Two Cycles
SSL - Two Cycles
Spinal Tap - Two Cycles
... then back to BBB
By my calculations Spinal Tap will add 30-60 pounds on my TMs in 2 months. My questions are...
1) Has anyone here done Spinal Tap? One Cycle? Two Cycles? Did you deload at 4th week or 7th week?
2) Is it too soon for me to think about Spinal Tap? Should I stick with the BBB/SSL rotation for another year and see where I am?
Thanks in advance.