Finished the base cycle 3 weeks ago. Second to last day I did 315 for 7 sets of 5 reps and felt fantastic. I had been buffeting it up and weighed in at 227 by the end of it and decided to shed some of the fat I accumulated and cleaned up my diet. I’m still eating a ton, just doing a carb cycling approach.
I also switched over to the 5/3/1 bodybuilding template for a change of pace. I had been alternating between smolov and sheiko for a while and made decent gains on my squat - it used to be my weakest lift (for reference in March of last year my max was a measly 250lbs).
Well, I just finished up the 3rd wave of my first cycle and I was to do max reps with 315 with the squat. I barely got 2 reps. Granted, I lost a few lbs from cleaning up my diet, but I am still consuming copious amounts of protein. My other lifts are going fine with the 5/3/1 as I hit some PRs with Military and Deadlifts, but I am terrified of losing my squat strength that I worked so hard for.
Has anyone experienced a dropoff like this? I’m feeling like unless I squat multiple times a week my legs decide that they don’t need strength. I’m contemplating abandoning the 5/3/1 and doing Sheiko #29 again.
(The caveat with Sheiko is that by the end of the month my shoulders and sometimes knees hurt - if I run it again, less flies and direct tricep work over dips to mitigate shoulder pain) Any thoughts or suggestions? Thanks in advance…
Here’s my log if it’ll help assess the situation better: