I have washers that I use for microloading. Even when using those, I might have a success in making tiny progress, then next time I will fail to be able to lift more weight or the same weight again. I might even fail to lift less weight. I've tried lifting with sets of 3 instead of 5. I've tried lifting less and working back up. I've tried doing presses once a week and twice a week. This might be all I am capable of. The 531 2x week schedule seems pleasant enough. Leaves me room for my olympic weight lifting class and practicing overhead squats and maybe if I get the courage to make an ass of myself, practicing high pulls.
Female, 5'3", 49, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135 (more or less).
Starting squat: 45lbs. Current squat: 180 x 2. Current Deadlift: 230 x 2