I have a question (sorry in advance if it’s a very stupid question; I could be overthinking and underestimating myself).
In Forever 5/3/1, Jim Wendler, peace be upon him, says that every workout with assistance work requires completing a certain range of reps for pushing, pulling, and single-leg/core and what you do is up to you, regardless of day’s main lift. If I am doing assistance work for the same movement every time I go workout on top of the main lifts, wouldn’t that lead to overtraining at some point?
Another way of looking at it is, am I supposed to beat personal bests on assistance work, i.e. try to do 5x10 @ 50lb dumbbell presses and if I am successful, I increase the weight to 55lbs the next time I workout? Or am I supposed to just go through the motions to reach the goal reps (i.e. always reach goal reps with pushups, never adding weight to a body vest even if I have the strength to do so)?
I remember Wendler saying your assistance should be 50% of your 1RM more or less (shouldn’t be dying or out of breath), so I would assume that since you will be making some sort of progression over time, that you’d want to increase the weight of the assistance work as well. If I abide by the 5/3/1 principles for 5 years, it can’t be expected that you do the same exact sets, reps, and weight for assistance work on year 5 that you were doing on year 1. But if that’s the case, wouldn’t this lead to overtraining because if you go to the gym on two consecutive days, you never had time to rest the muscles that are required for going through a particular movement?
Again, I apologize if I’m overanalyzing and thank you for your input!