Hi all, new user here.
I cannot, for the love of me, break past 265lbs on squats.
I have been stuck at this weight for the last 3 months. I have been using a linear progression, squatting 2x a week, on a 3x5 rep scheme. I have made it all the way to 265lbs and failed hard multiple times. I have reset the weight about 3 times, dropping the load by about 10 - 15% and working my way back up slowly, but every single time I have hit 265lbs, I can't break past it. My most recent stall had me doing:
265x5, 265x5, 265x4
followed by a next session of:
265x4 (failed on first set wtf?) - decided to come back next session to try again
265x4 (failed on 1st set again)
What gives? I'm pushing myself really hard but the weight won't budge. I'm sticking adamantly to a linear progression because it seems that most people seem to make it all the way to at 3 plates, and I don't understand why I cannot. My stats are: 5'8, 180lbs. I am not overweight. My bench is progressing a lot better than my squats (did 248x4 today, will attempt 248x5 next week). Nutrition/rest is not an issue. I am not using a belt (perhaps I should start using one).
I do not wish to take a break from squats, because my body needs the constant neurological conditioning. Taking even a 1 week break from squats in the past has resulted in me coming back substantially weaker than before because I have lost the conditioning. I have reset my weight many times over and if I have to reset it again I will, but I need to make sure that this is the last time I do until I break the 3 plate barrier because it shouldn't be this hard for me to hit 3 plates on a linear progression - but it really is. I do not want to have to reset again after this. My progress is coming along ridiculously slowly, and resetting again would mean my progress is going backwards.