I have been following 5/3/1 for the las 8 months with great results. My lifts have gone like this: Squat 355 1RM to 410 1RM, Press 175 1RM to 205 1RM, Deadlift 405 1RM to 465 1RM and Bench 265 1RM to 290 1RM. This is from when I last tested them a few months ago. I know these numbers might not seem impressive to most but I am pleased with them as I worked really hard for them.
My question is that I am currently on a deload week and will be starting BBB 5x1 for 2 cycles after having completed BBB 5x10, 5x5 and 5x3 for two cycles each. At the end I would like to test my maxes but as of the last cycle I can tell that I have been getting stronger via some PR AMRAP sets so that may not be necessary. I’m not a powerlifter and I work out in my garage so the only person I will impress will be myself.
I am thinking of possibly doing the 13 week challenge but making some changes on how I do the lifts. For example I’ve identified that my quads need some work so I would adjust my TM and do the 531 sets as well as the 5x10 sets by doing high bar instead of low bar. I would do the same with the bench but do the close grip instead to build. I would then re-adjust my TM and go back to low bar and regular bench for the remaining 6 weeks to put the muscle gained to use. Hopefully this makes sense. If I’m way off please let me know as I really value your advice.
As a side note, I purchased a prowler and the thing is horrible but I look forward to each session with it. It’s definitely a love hate with that thing.