Hello Coach Wendler,
I come asking for advice regarding training following a meet. I am competing in my first powerlifting meet in November and am trying to plan my training for the following year. My plan is to perform 5/3/1 following this meet, but am here to ask as to how you'd recommend proceeding to continue with powerlifting training following a meet.
I understand this is perhaps a circumstance unique to every individual and have read several insights from other professionals and am looking to hear yours. I've read Dave Tate recommends "not even touching a barbell for 4-6 weeks following a meet". However, be it my first and that I am competing raw and relatively new to the sport,I am wondering if it's beneficial for someone like me, whose max attempts are extremely modest compared to Tate or other elites, to abstain from lifting for so long following a meet and if i should take a week off, even if I feel like lifting, or if I can jump into 5/3/1, using my maxes from the meet x .9 the week after.
For some info on me, I am a healthy 150 lb,5 ft 10, 26 year old male with a 40 hr/week physical job and a sprinter/long jumper/hurdler background who's not new to the weight room but is new to powerlifting. Your advice is always appreciated! Thank you