I’m new to 5/3/1. I’m just starting my 5th cycle. I took a deload week on week 4 initially but have pushed it back to week 7 for the last two cycles.
After moving it to week 7 I’ve noticed that I feel like garbage during week one of my next cycle. This has happened two cycles in a row.
The first round I did the suggested 3x5 @40, 50, 60%. This last round I did 3x5 @ 60%.
I play basketball Mon-Wed every week and even reduced that to Monday only last week.
Back at it this week and my legs feel heavy when running and the weights feel heavier than usual.
What am I doing wrong? Could it be that it takes two weeks for me to feel fresh again? Is it time to switch to the original program and deload on week four?
I’ve just been doing the regular 5/3/1 with PR sets. My assistance work follows CT’s Best Damn Workout For Naturals plan.
Has anyone else experienced this? It’s a nice kick in the nuts getting to the gym expecting to feel fresh and strong only to feel weak and frail instead.