Stats: M 33 280 ~1100 (407, 265, 418).
Let me give some more background. I had my first meet in July. Those were my numbers. I'm doing another meet in a couple weeks and will likely have added 30-40 pounds. I have found great progress with Texas method 4 day split. However, I think the texas method is really taking a toll on my body and I'm having trouble with my bench. My squat seems to be improving. My deadlift is meh mostly because of form and switching back to conventional after a year or so of sumo.
I've been thinking I should switch to something like 5/3/1 (Off season conditioning) after my meet to a) lose weight and b) take it easier on my aging body. I know 33 is not that old but I'm not recovering like I used to. I'm sure I could get more mileage out of the TM, but at what cost? I would like to continue lifting for a while and I think training submaximally would help that. Also, for health reasons, I"m carrying too much fat and think that I would be a lot healthier and happier being at 242.
I've started to read about periodization etc. and realize that while 5/3/1 may not be the best program for me, it's start and I can see what works better for me i.e. frequency, volume etc.
So is 5/3/1 the best start for a periodized program or should I keep doing research and come up with my own?