I have been following Wendler’s 5/3/1 system for a little more than 1 year now and I find the lower body days excessively taxing for my CNS, so much that I am mentally drained for at least 2 hours after the training.
My lower body training days consist of:
- 5 sets of squat or deadlift (3 main sets as per the original program + 2 sets of first-set-last)
- 4 sets of 8 reps (medium intensity) of an accessory exercise like romanian deadlifts (for the squat day) or front squats (for the deadlift days)
- 4 sets of 8 reps (medium intensity) of an accessory exercise like dumbbell split squats or leg curls
I want basically to mix a strength-focused first exercise with more volume at medium intensity afterwards.
Do you have any suggestions on how I can fix this?
Is it just an energy-depletion issue or is it intrinsic in this program?