Originally Posted by Off Road
Since 5/3/1 is such slow progression, wouldn't switching lifts be a bad idea every two cycles. I mean, would you gain enough on the main lift in that time period? I think I like your idea of using different heights for assistance work better.
Yes, it would be a bad idea!
The example I gave was just something that made most sense to me given the scenario but it's not anything close to ideal.
And wouldn't using different heights each week allow you to increase the weight on 5/3/1 and still keep the reps in the moderate rage. Plus have the advantage of working different parts of the lift (ie conjugate style)?
But if you are still at the level where you can make progress Deadlifting week in week out, albeit by varying the reps, then what is the point of the conjugation?
You gotta remember you're not Edmund Hilary and the Conjugate system isn't Mount Everest. You don't just begin conjugate training "because it's there!" there has to be a reason to do so it's not an end in itself.
Lifting at max levels all the time, every time is the BEST way to progress as fast as possible. When we're beginners this is what we do, as we advanced we can't do this every session so we need to periodise more and more to allow us to still have sessions where we lift to our max (new PRs) as often as possible. Conjugation is just another way which allows us when we're sufficiently advanced to lift to max as often as possible.
But you cannot and should not jump to it before you have exhausted other options. At best you'll slow progress, at worst halt it.