So this post is probably just going to be me whining and bitching, so feel free to ignore it, but I gotta get it off my chest.
Squatting has always been my best lift. I hit a 500 raw competition squat after training for less than 8 months....I had been a basketball player all my life, so probably had pretty decent leg strength from that. I hit a 535 back in February, which I was pretty happy about with plenty of PR's since I picked back up on 5-3-1 in December.
Since then, it has driven over a cliff and burst into a fiery ball of, well, fire...that didn't make sense...
My last 7 Squat workouts were:
4/18 - 315x3, 355x3, 395x8 (good)
4/25 - 330x5, 375x3, 420x6 (good)
5/2 - 265x5x3 (deload)
5/10 - 295x5, 340x5, 385x3 (PR on this weight was 7 back a year ago)
5/17 - 320x3, 365x3, 410x5 (have gotten higher than this for 8 in December)
5/23 - 340x5, 385x3, 430x3 (cheap PR since its first time at this weight, but 425x8 in January)
5/30 - Took deload week off and relaxed
6/6 - 295x5, 340x5, 385x5 (+2)
I started dieting with Shelby on 4/18. First two weeks were fine. Cardio was 5 days a week for 4/18 and 4/25 sessions, and it moved up to 7 days a week during deload (5/2) with 4 HIIT sessions and 3 steady state (brisk walking). The week I came back was when all the issues started, and I couldn't even get the minimum reps in my 5's week! Following two weeks were a bit better, but still pathetically lower than my PR's at those weights.
I decided not to lift during the deload week since I was on vacation and just relaxed. I hadn't done any cardio in about a week either, but decided to keep my training maxes constant this cycle expecting to be recovered, but was still only able to get the minimum reps this week!
Its frustrating as hell...whats really weird is I have been getting the worst DOMS ever after squatting, each week, whereas before this used to not happen...
What's really weird is my bench and deadlift have both improved, while OHP has stayed relatively stable or declined just slightly. Squat is the only lift that has taken a beating.
Am I just experiencing the side effects of dieting and increased cardio, or is there something else here I need to look at?
After writing all this out, I am pretty positive the answer is the former.