In my pursuit for more strength, I've added in a mixture of intensity and volume using a variety of protocols to my 5/3/1 program. That of which aren't really important for this thread... However to make a long description short, I've added in sets of heavy singles and other sets of high volume reps.
Now after doing this for about a month, the initial quick gains that I saw slowed down, and as I kept adding or modifying things, my body quickly began to develop some pains and my motivation has dropped...
To name a few... My wrist has begun to be sore, I'm experiencing random back tightness, weakness and slight pain. Where I was usually super hype to go train, now I have a lack of drive and focus. In short, my work out quality has begun to suffer.
Is this over training? Maybe. All I know is that it is deload time! Luckily, my scheduled deload is next week and I will report back with how the deload has improved or affected my training quality and pains.
Moral to this story: If you are starting to get soreness, pain, injuries or are experiencing a lack of focus, maybe it is time for a deload and then ramp back up!
You can't go balls to the wall every training session for weeks on end, or you will lose your focus or get injured!