I've been doing Starting Strength for about 6 weeks now, and here are my gains:
Squat 3x5 160lbs
Bench 3x5 135
Deadlift 1x5 185
Press 3x5 85
Clean 3x5 115
Squat 3x5 215
Bench 3x5 155
Deadlift 1x5 265
Press 3x5 105
Clean 3x5 130
Thing is, my Bench and Press have been stuck for a week or 2 now, and my squat is getting hard (literally have to take 10 second pause between last couple reps to get them). Deadlift is still jumping 10 lbs a workout, and Clean 5 lbs.
I'm wondering, would it be alright to take a break for one week? I just did a workout today, and I want to take a break until next Tuesday.
My thought process is this: Whenever I take breaks from lifting (usually because injuries), I come back later (last time it took 2 months, before that 4 months) and im actually as strong as or stronger in my lifts, despite doing no lifting in the time off. So do you guys think a one week break would be good for me? Maybe someone has a better suggestion then taking a week off?
*The 4 month injury was a severly strained hip flexor (hurt a lot), and when I came back I squatted my former max 5 times.
EDIT: I'm not saying breaks make me stronger, but maybe they help fully recover my body, even when I don't think it needs it.