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Ive been doing Defranco's West Side for Skinny Bastards 3 program for a couple months now. On this routine you're supposed to max (3-5RM) on a main lift on each max effort day for 3 weeks, then after week 3 your CNS is supposed to be fried and instead of stalling or deloading, you switch to a new lift and max that for 3 weeks, and it keeps switching every 3 weeks.
For my ME Lower lift I started with deadlift, moved to low bar free squat, and now Im box squatting. I never did box squats before but realize now theyre very similar to low bar, but my week 1 box squat 5rm is 15lbs less than my week 3 LB squat max- 200 vs 215. The lifts are almost identical so I thought I wouldve picked up where I left off weightwise from LB squat, but since I didnt Im not sure if its is due to stalling from a fried CNS or the extra ~1inch of depth and slight unload/pause on the box.
For my next lift I kind of want to keep squatting, maybe high bar this this time, but I dont want to stall my progress doing movements that are too similar. Should I go back to DL or try high bar squats?
Im 5'8 165lbs, 25yo btw, and did run starting strength for a couple months last year, but I stalled at a 185lb squat and was having a hard time breaking my plateus, then I stopped lifting for a couple months. I also train mma and was unable to recover squatting 3x a week.
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TL;DNR - Is high bar squat too similar to low bar and box to switch to for my next ME Lift?