I am not a strength athlete, but I thought this question would be most pertinent here.
My training is formed into a sort of linear periodization, finishing with very high intensity and as close to peaking as a non strength athlete would go.
This time around, I'm actually having trouble finishing the block because my joints are crying from the beating they are taking from frequent quasi-maximal loads. I can't wait to deload and then scale back the intensity.
So, how long do you guys find you're able to hit more intense weights frequently without it taking its toll?