Awhile ago I picked up the 5/3/1 Forever book and came up with a plan to do 2 Leader cycles of BBB (TM at 85%, BBB at 50%) followed by 1 Anchor cycle of 3/5/1 FSL (TM at 85%, PR sets on 3 and 1 days). I’ve liked how the program is structured. It’s easy to schedule and I don’t find it that boring at all. Before my Anchor I did a deload week and after my Anchor I started a TM test week (which is where I am now). On my last sets of both bench and squat (100%) I failed to hit 5 reps. The book says that I should be able to easily bang out 5 reps of my TM when it’s set to 85% of my 1RM and so my TM is too high and I need to lower it.
I increased the TM for bench by 5 lbs after Leader 1 and after Leader 2 and made it through both Leaders and my Anchor just fine so I’m wondering if there’s something in my scheduling I did wrong that caused me to miss an earlier sign that my TM was too high. For example, during Anchor, the heaviest I benched was 95% of my TM the week before, but the program only called for 1+ reps. It seemed like a big jump for my next lift to be 100% for 5 reps.
Is this normal? Besides lowering my TM should I do anything else for the next cycle? Like adding Joker sets or something?