The "What-The-Heck" Effect - A Cautionary Tale
I've seen this happen to quite a few people who find a strength-niche they enjoy. See if it sounds familiar...
A person with solid barbell lifts decides that they really enjoy strongman, or CrossFit, or kettlebells, or grip work. To accelerate their gains in a pet lift or area of specialty, they focus on that activity. As their SPP and numbers improve, they begin dropping the basic strength work that formed the foundation they began with. Eventually, the gains slow to a trickle - to combat this, they power on with more and more SPP, but the gains are still negligible. When they finally say "Forget this!", they return to the power rack to realize that, now, by any measure other than the one they've been training balls to the walls for the past two years, they are weak. Very weak. "WHAT THE HECK???"
It can happen to you. It can happen to me. It can happen to everyone eventually.
So, after an embarrassingly long time away from substantial squatting, I find myself working with weights I would have giggled at just a few short years ago.
2011 will be a good training year. It's getting better everyday.