Howdy: I'm pretty new to lifting. Over the past year I spent a couple of months building up squats/bench/ohpress/deadlift 3x weekly. Two weeks ago I decided to get back to it with regularity and think I've ramped up my squats too fast. I've done 5x5 3x's a week for two weeks, increasing the weight each time. Started out at 200 and then 205 and they were heavy but very doable. I then jumped to 225, 230, 235, and 240 for the next sessions, and I am barely getting through the sets; I feel absolutely crushed under the weight. Should I back off? If so, then how much should I back off? All the way to my first starting point and do a more gradual progression this time?
male, 6'0", 185#