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    Lifting Stalls in Squats, Bench & Overhead Press

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    I'm not sure if this is considered a stall or not, I read a lot a few months back but cannot seem to remember.

    After the above named lifts I just cannot seem to get the entire 5X3. Im stuck!! I thought taking a long (two weeks) off would cure it. It hasn't! Ideas?

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    take four weeks off

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    Quote Originally Posted by umm7 View Post
    I'm not sure if this is considered a stall or not, I read a lot a few months back but cannot seem to remember.

    After the above named lifts I just cannot seuem to get the entire 5X3. Im stuck!! I thought taking a long (two weeks) off would cure it. It hasn't! Ideas?
    What's your age, starting and current weight, diet, and current lifts?

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    What Quikky asked and what are your supplemental exercises? What type of a program are you doing?

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    Doing SS, 36, Woman, 170lbs, 5'6"
    Diet is ok, I stopped counting calories, it was becoming obsessive. When I stopped I started dropping fat, really slowly, but still. I usually eat under maintenance. I eat protein and veggies for lunch and dinner. I skip breakfast. I don't eat wheat. I drink 2 cups of coffee (2 shots espresso and half and half) twice a day, 1 ts sugar. 6-8 cups of water daily.

    Bench 70 lbs
    Squat 85 lbs
    Overhead 55 lbs (no cleans)
    Deadlift 130 lbs

    How does knowing the lbs (or lack thereof) help? My numbers are too low it seems to me to make any difference.

    Awhile back I stopped and started again with my squat because it wasn't a full squat, and my knees were bothering me. Now I go all the way down as in like a toddler does and my knees don't hurt.

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    Your overhead press isn't bad. Your squat is kinda light.

    When you miss, what happens? Are you missing at the bottom and having to crawl out from under? Are you just failing to squat to depth? Are you feeling scared at the top and just giving up? Are you grinding out the third rep and then thinking you won't be able to do the fourth and fifth?
    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

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    Perhaps give yourself more rest, more time for the body to make it's adjustments. If you cut the cycle of repair and rebuild short you're doing yourself no favours

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    How much should my squat be? Or what would be a heavy squat? I have only been lifting for a few months and I started with just the bar.

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    If you are following Starting Strength you would be putting more weight on every time you squatted. It seems kinda low compared to your deadlift.
    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

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    I started over with my squats a month or so back. I wasn't squatting full.

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