Gee, thanks for that insightful advice. As someone who trains other people I'd think you know that each person is different and customization is necessary for optimal training (whether it's for physical or psychological benefit).
Several 5/3/1 templates say 50-100 reps of assistance. I was unaware that it was specific and my way is somehow wrong. Jim doesn't specify the extra work because everyone's needs and goals are different.
If you follow CT and his offerings on this forum then you'd see that he was starting his training with a 5/3/1 type lift and then doing the type of training laid out in The Best Damn Workout For Naturals.
I'm not Jim Wendler and never will be half as strong as him. I'm not built for power lifting or moving big weights. I wasn't squatting 4 plates in high school like some of the more fortunate lifters. I train for aesthetics and to be strong in the real world. My training is just that--my training.
Most of the time I'm not doing 5/3/1. I change it so it's not Jim's program. I follow some of the principles and the weekly format. Did you ever see me say I'm doing 5/3/1 and it's not working?
I posted this to see if anyone had experienced feeling lethargic after the deload week. I didn't ask for anyone to critique my program. Aside from the first half of week 1 after the deload week I feel fine. I can deal with a few days of less than stellar training. But again, thanks for your very black and white advice.