I have been following the 7x3-5 set rep scheme Charles Poliquin recently published on bodybuilding.com. As outlined, I started with a 7x3-5 volume phase and had a good progress. Once I could do 5 reps in all sets, I did an intensification phase in which I increased the weight and dropped the sets to 5, as written in the article. I progressed until 5x4, but this week I crashed and couldn't progress at all. I have been pushing very hard lately, and think I may have burned out. I want to do 5-4-3-2-1 after that, so do you think I should push until I can do 5x5, or should I stop there since my progress has stopped and I feel burned.
Also, I want to incorporate a back off period before I move on to 5-4-3-2-1 in which I want to reinforce good technique and also work on speed. Is it a good idea and if so, how long should I do it? Can you recommend a good routine? Thank you for your time.