I've got myself a bit tangled up here. This is one of those cases where I know the answer, but can't take my own advice.
After completing 3 cycles of 5/3/1, with increases across the board, my choice of accessories for lower body is getting downright brutal. In cycle 2 it was only wave 3, but in cycle 3 it was the 2 later waves. Yesterday after doing 2 squats at 95% I looked at the program "Intra-set lunges/planks" followed by "Pause squats" and said, "Who is the sadistic bastard who wrote this?" Um, that would be me.
Since I've been hammering legs heavy for 2 cycles, my basic question is, would it be horrible to just take them out completely for a cycle to make life worth living again? If somebody asked me I'd say, "of course." But well, I like to hear some opinions.
The foundation of my program for next cycle will be:
Press day: chins and pause press
Deadlift day: curls/planks and deficit deads
Bench day: rows and pause bench
Squat day: pause squat
I'm thinking with all of those pause variations, which seem to be working very well, I can do a lot of small muscle intra-sets like rear delt work, lateral or front raises, and just kind of enjoy a light cycle.
After all, those all out sets on the main lifts are still going to be there.