I’ve been running 5/3/1 since February (getting back into lifting after shoulder surgery and rehab) and this week is week 6 of the first time I’ve run 6 weeks without a de-load (i.e. I typically de-load every fourth week).
Up until this point, I’d been setting PRs (either a given load for more reps or a higher load at the same rep count as the previous lower load) every 5/3/1+ week.
Yesterday, however, was the first time I did not set a PR on bench press. One month ago I hit 160 x 8, this month I hit 165 x 5. Obviously, I was hoping to hit 8 reps, since I’d previously hit 8 reps at 160. 5 reps was a tad lower than I was hoping.
First, I guess I’m just checking to make sure that it’s normal to not PR every cycle. Not hitting my goal was a bid of a disappointment.
Second, is this just “noise”, or is this an indication that something needs to change?
I am assuming I do NOT need to reset my weights, as I am still hitting the prescribed reps. My thoughts are that I should stick to de-loading once every four weeks.
What are your thoughts? Am I making this out to be a bigger deal than it should be?
Thanks in advance.