I am now on my third cycle of 5/3/1 doing 3 week cycles with no deload week because I just feel like it isn’t necessary as I still have energy in the tank. I’ve just started my first week of my third cycle and just had my bench press session yesterday. On the 5+ set I got 25 reps for 50kg. The last time I tested my 1RM was around 4 weeks ago and I did 60kg for 1.
I am I doing something wrong? I’ve started reading Practical Programming for Strength Training and Mark Rippetoe wrote “Strength is developed by lifting heavier weights, and weights that can be lifted for 20 reps are not heavy” and has been stuck in my thoughts ever since I read it. Or is this might be to do with my muscular structure and is all just part of the program?
My Deadlift and OHP sessions are also similar, with 19reps for 115kg on the cycle I just started and 40kg for 12 on the 1+ set of my last cycle respectively. While my squat has had a lot lower reps, 120kg for 4 on the 1+ set of my second cycle.
I’ve hit new PRs every week but is this normal and if it isn’t, should I retest my 1RM for my bench? I want to avoid doing this because it would be counter productive to my strength goals as quoted from Jim Wendler.
Suggestions would be greatly appreciated, thanks.