I recently started doing cardio after not doing it for a long, long time. After 40 min. 3 days in a row, including my "off" day, my squat suffered. It suffered so bad that I racked the bar and decided to do chest, and when that didn't work I did a few sets of triceps and left, feeling defeated.
I didn't think my legs were taking that much of a beating by doing a little bit of running and a lot of Elliptocycle, but I could feel a lot of soreness going into my negatives even on warmup sets. And when I pushed to come up the power just wasn't there.
My squat has been dramatically improving lately, I add 20 lbs every other week for sets of 5. Last week was 335X5. Today I put 335 on there, struggled to get one, then almost had to break form to get 2, which is when I gave up.
I don't want to quit cardio, because I can already see an improvement in body composition plus I'm on clen and Tri-Max, but my squat is really important to me. I was thinking of swimming for cardio, as it would not give the legs such a thrashing and utilize the whole body equally.
Can anybody help me find a happy medium?