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Having Trouble Getting Prescribed Reps on Last Squat Set


#1

First time posting here. Been in 5/3/1 for about 6 months now made good progress in all lifts, but lately my squat has been slowing down. I am barely getting my prescribed reps on my last set. Assistant work front squat 5x10 Romanian deads 5x10 walking lunges basically 5 x till I’m tired usually around 8-10 reps. Any help is appreciated.


#2

This is all explained in the books.

Which template?
6 deloads so far or 3?
Why so much assistance?


#3

lower your training max. The best way to increase your squat is to squat. Instead of doing front squats for assistance, just do 3-5 sets @ FSL weight. Your training max should be a weight you can lift for 5 solid reps. I try to set my training max to where I can hit 10 reps on my 1+ week. For instance, my training max in the squat is 425 and on my 1+ week , I squatted 405x7. Not exactly 10, but I’m hitting more than 5 reps on my 95% set. If you’re not, your TM is too high.