Right thanks for replies everyone.
My all time maxes and my estimated current
190 dead / 180
150 squat / 142.5
115 bench / 110
72.5 ohp / 65
Lifts are in KGs.
I got out of shape in two weeks just by enjoying myself on vacation, but I can eat ... I "cut" on 2800 calories a day due to my job where I work as a postman/mailman so I walk 10 ~ miles a day carrying loads. So when it's time to eat I have no problem eating upwards of 5000 a day easily without trying.
I defiently don't "cut" in terms of prep for a show, it's just lingo that you all understand. If anything it's more of a recomp, the 10 week run up to my vacation I dropped 18lbs and maintained nearly all my strength on all my lifts! But the going forward then backwards is something that happens regularly for me I get to a max then go backwards and wont get past that max for another 1-2 years where it may only be by 5kg!
Although I never did use the 5 forward 3 back approach which I have only recently found out. I don't blast assistance, in fact my arms have lost size since last year because I stopped doing curls etc all together as they bore the hell out of me. I through them in now, simple 3x10 with a moderate weight, squeeze, pump and no real mental effort put into those lifts.
I do a lot of weighted chins to balance with my pushing.
@Jim_Wendler I know I know, I don't want to cut, but I am unhappy with my BF levels, the whole reason I want to recomp my body is so I can bullk for longer afterwards following a clean approach where hopefully I can stay on track and not binge.
I will sort my TM out and start blasting out the reps on my + sets (Where recently I've been struggling to hit the numbers required let alone push further). Huge mental barrier tells me not to drop the weight as it feels I am going backwards, but even I know it makes sense!
The whole reason I have been on 531 so long and refuse to switch programs is because it's a performance based program. I don't train for shows, nor for meets but getting in there and being better than last time is my whole demeanour it's what keeps me motivated always trying to be better than last time. I have my notepad which I track each and every rep, then try to better each session even if it's only by a rep on some days!