I’ve started 5/3/1 for the first time as a way to regain my strength after breaking my leg earlier in the year. It’s a program I always intended on using but I travelled too much to commit to. However I’m now more stable and thought that it would be good to try.
I’ve completed the first cycle and for three of the four lifts it’s fantastic. I tested my 1RM on all four lifts the week prior to starting the cycle so I’m reasonably confident in their accuracy. My deadlift and military press have shown a definite improvement and my bench press has shot up, but I partially credit re-reading an excellent article by Dave Tate.
My squat is a weird issue which I’m hoping someone can help me with? As I stated I tested my 1RM prior to starting so that I had an accurate and up to date number for the 5/3/1 calculations. So I know that prior to the cycle I started with a 160kg (sorry, I’m English! 350ish lbs) squat. However my squat numbers during 5/3/1 have been steadily decreasing away from that! Today on my first AMRAP of the second cycle I only managed 6 reps at 127.5kg (280ish lbs) which is a reasonably significant drop.
My eating and sleeping patterns are roughly the same every day so I can’t work out what my issue is. That said on other workout days I have a slight problem feeling not at all hungry and have to force myself to eat, after my squat workout I feel starving all day. My deadlift numbers are higher, and thus more work is done, so I’m getting enough fuel there. I’ve always been chunky and I know that I gained fat after the layoff with my leg so I’m wary of eating too much.
So should I just accept that actually the 160 1RM was an aberration and drop the number down and recalculate? Do I just accept that for some reason I need to eat more the day before squat day? Any other suggestions or advice would be very gratefully received.
Thanks in advance and happy Thanksgiving to those to whom it is applicable.