I’m starting to do some heavier 5x5 squatting than what I’ve done in the past and am having some issues with the weight. I’m working on full ROM trying to get ATG, but find myself struggling to go heavy. Now I’m not posting any serious numbers as I’ve been an endurance athlete for most of my life, but on one weight I’ll get stuck 1/3 of the way back up and really have problems getting all 5 reps, whereas if I take off a little weight (10 lbs) I feel like I can squat forever.
If my goal is max strength from a real deep squat position, should I keep progressing with the lighter weight? Should I do fewer reps with the weight I get stuck on? Should I limit my ROM? Or should I scour the gym in search of the ever-elusive 2.5 lbs plates?