Hi, I have been doing rippetoe's since the start of november, my first month on the program was mostly a waste due to being too much of a pussy to bulk and then I spent most of december wrestling so i stopped lifting for the first 3 weeks of that month. I did make some gains during that time but not much, most has come since after Christmas.
Anyway, so far my progress is as follows
at 5'11, 147lbs at 8.9%bf tested (mid december) to 167.5lbs, ~11% bf (I still see most of my abs flexed, so this is my guess)
squat: 135lbs - 225lbs
deadlift: 135lbs - 255lbs
bench: I started with bb bench, never progressed due to shoulder injuries, switched to db bench mid january. db bench has gone from 3x50sx6 - 3x60sx6
bb-row: 105lbs-130lbs (progress very slow)
shoulder press: I used to skip bb-press entirely but recently started doing it with dumbells after I realized I could, 3x40lbsx6 as well.
After each workout I do one of the following
2x6 pullups + 1x8 chinups
3x12 abs on the decline board with 25lbs on my chest
2x8 hammer curls with 30lb dumbells
So I guess my program hasn't really been true starting strength, but I did what worked for me.
On To the problem of the squats.
About two weeks ago I got it up to 245x5, some of the reps were shaky and way too slow so i brought it back down to 235, but couldn't do it too fast once again. I went down to 205 the next week, did it fine, moved on to 215, did it fine, and now I am struggling with 225, and have been doing that for a week with no progress. I do all of my squats as low as I can (ass 10-12 inches off the ground, decently below parallel). In the past few weeks I have also been getting some odd pain (sharp, doesn't hurt too bad but it feels like the muscles in my leg just south and left of my groin are being pulled too tightly), accompanied by some pain in both knees after i squat.
I used to squat more then I deadlift but now my deadlift is still going up about 5-10lbs a workout.
-So my squat has stalled
-bench and shoulder press improvement happens less than once a week
-I never know when I will be able to increase my row weight with good form (If i try and increase too soon i end up bouncing the weight up with my legs).
-so far deadlifts are still going strong for me.
Is there anything else I should try to get past my sticking point, or is it time for me to move on?
Also, should I maybe try front squats or something, or go less deep, to try and avoid the pains?