I’ve only been lifting for six months and I’ve already hit a plateau. My bench got stuck at 150 from August to October, then i improved for a couple of weeks and hit 160. Six weeks later (including a Smolov Jr cycle) I barely hit 170. The same thing is true for squat; I hit 240 this morning after Smolov Jr., which is only a 15 pound improvement in the past six or seven weeks.
I haven’t deadlifted in four weeks because I was running Smolov Jr. for squat and bench, but it was still slowly improving before I started Smolov Jr.
I ran Smolov Jr. because I figured that linear progression (i.e. adding five pounds a week and hitting 5x5) wasn’t working anymore. Unfortunately my gains were pretty marginal with it. Where should I go from here? Any suggestions for programs would be appreciated.