About 6 months ago, I joined a powerlifting/strongman gym and started on a westside hybrid program geared toward athletes. I started doing box squats, good mornings, and using bands and all that for the first time, and saw a lot of improvement in those lifts. Meanwhile, I hadn’t done an actually squat since I had joined the gym, at which time I was able to do about 350 - down from a pr of 405.
Because of the snowstorm, I wasn’t able to drive out to my usual gym, and instead had to walk to my school gym, which is obviously without boxes and the like. No problem, I thought, now I can see what my actual squat is. I had high hopes because I had been able to work up to 255x3 on good mornings and 300x3 on box squats, plus a 435 deadlift.
However, I soon found out that I could only do 265x2 on squats, which is pathetic. I mean, I can more or less bench and good morning what I squat, which seems totally out of wack. The only difference between how I squat and how I box squat is the width of my feet, since for some reason (i think the tightness in my hip flexors) I cannot hit parallel with a wide stance without the box.
With all the improvements I’ve made doing r/h’s and ghr’s, as well as the improvements in my box squats and good mornings, I thought that my squat would’ve at least gone up a little, instead of nose diving back to my high school levels. Can anyone help explain this to me, and tell me how to get my squat back up? I notice that on the westside routine, whenever I rotate back to an exercise I haven’t done in a few months - like bench press - I’m weaker than when I last tried it, which seems consistent with what CT says about neurological efficiency. Does anyone else find that to be a downside of the program as well?
Thanks for all your time and responses.