I have only been squatting for 2 months at most, but my numbers are still horrible. When I started, I did mostly the bar in a 3x8 fashion. The next week, I did 95lb, then 2 weeks later I moved up to 135lbs. For the past two weeks (three if you count the week that I took off), I haven't been able to get past 135 really. The week before I took my week-long break I was doing: reps x weight 12x45 (warmup) 8x135 6x185 4x185 Two weeks later: 12x45 8x135 8x135 6x135 Today: 12x45 8x135 8x155 3x185 My diet has improved if anything and I've been really well-rested lately. Is this just a byproduct of taking a week off? The only reason I think it's not is because all my other lifts stayed the same or increased. I was thinking about possibly switching to 5x5, or I could always do what everyone else at my gym does and do 2x4 and barely unlock my knees Regardless of taking that week off, I think my numbers should be much better (at least 225). Is it possible that I'm overtraining legs? I do the following in 3x8 format: squats, legpresses, hamstring curls, quad extensions, hip adductors, hip abductors, and seated calf-raises. I usually do shoulders with legs too, so I'll throw seated DB press, arnold press, and shrugs inbetween the different leg workouts. Suggestions? Edit: I do oly squats atg. Daily rant: Two attention whores showed up for the first time today. They were doing some retarded looking exercises with DB's next to the squat rack. Between sets, I couldn't help but over hear stupid highschool drama and myspace drama. They walked around the place like they owned it, and the guys trying to lift more weight than they could to impress them weren't helping the situation.