I feel like squatting at 85%x5 3x per week is possibly taxing my joints and nervous system too much.
I did 3 weeks then a deload on week 4. I hit prs and felt great. And even gained 4 lbs lean bodyweight. But now I’m in week 2 cycle 2 and not hitting my amrap sets. The weight feels heavy as hell and my elbows, knees, wrists, and hips are all sore. And my arms or legs start shaking a bit even on warm up sets.
So the question is, should I stop squatting heavy 3x a week and maybe just do some type of push pull legs variation. Or maybe stick with the program and just lower the weight a little.
These are my stats if it matters
Lifting more serious for 2 years
Bodyweight 154 lbs 5’6"
Squat 315 lbs
Bench 240 lbs
Deadlift 375 lbs
Does anyone have any suggestions what I should do with my programming. I just want to get stronger and don’t really care about getting bigger, even though I don’t weigh much, (I have a small bodyframe started lifting at 125lbs <-- this is why I think my joints hurt even though my lifts arnt much). Just want to maintain size but increase my strength, especially in squats and deadlifts.
Btw I have a pretty physically strenuous job so that is also a factor
Any advice on programing? Wendler 531 programs seem pretty solid so I don’t want to stray far from the principles. Maybe I should just go back to bbb. Although I never tried it as a 3 day program