Hello T-Nation, I have a question regarding squatting. I recently joined a gym this month to build some leg strength. I’m aiming for 3x3 on the squat. I’m 3 weeks in and I get my squat to 275x3 and then multiple singles. Next session, I try 275 and barely get one rep; I drop the weight to 225 and it feels heavier than it should. I notice an injury-like feeling in the upper, inner-hip area (hip-flexor maybe?) on my left leg, could that cause a strength drop like I described?
EDIT: For what it’s worth, my height and weight is 5’ 7" 180lb-185lb. I was also on a cut, I have decided to increase calorie intake since the strength drop. I also have had no prior squatting experience before the last 3 weeks.