I’ve been lifting for several years and have plateaued in my squat, for a variety of reasons: injury, running, etc. I have made it through the first week of the base cycle, and it doesn’t seem so bad – no DOMS or anything. I was previously under hte impression that the second week was a percentage increase, but I now realize that it is a set 20 lbs, no matter what your max is. That is almost 10% of my max., so on Monday I will be doing 80% for 4x9, which seems crazy. I’ve always been told that you should be able to do your 80% for only 8 reps.
Am I just being a wus? Should I power through? Does anyone have any thoughts on this? Mostly on the smolov posts, no one has a max near me, so I can’t get a good idea of how I compare, or what sort of results I should expect.
I am a 150 lbs, 30 year old woman with a 100kg max. I do full depth squats.