I know it's hard to believe, but eventually, we will all run into our wall of 5x5 progress. That extra 2.5 - 5 lbs, finally tips the scale and we are unable to complete the 5 grueling sets of 5 reps, thus ending the first phase of the program.

This is okay! There is still room for progress!

When this day finally arrives, it's time to give yourself a "de-load" week. Take your weight down to 50% and complete 5 perfect sets of 5 reps. Think of this as your final sendoff to this beloved rep-scheme ;-).

After your de-load week, it's back to business.

This time we are squatting 5 sets of 3 reps.

Load the bar back up to what you used 3 weeks ago and follow the same progression we used previously, adding 2.5 - 5 lbs every week at the new rep scheme.

This strategy will allow for several more weeks of building weight.

Once we exhaust our abilities to add weight on the sets of 3, it's time to attempt a new 1 rep max.

The next post outlines strategies for building to your 1-rep max. We will also cover advice on how to maintain the strength you have earned in this squat program moving forward (without having to continue with 5x5 for eternity).

Now, let's squat! :-)

5x5 Back Squat Program
Squat mobility sequence