I just thought I'd post in here, due to the remarks in a related thread.
If any exercise hurts your elbow, regardless of whether it is a good exercise or Rippetoe recommends it...take it out and keep it out. You mentioned that you first felt this with power cleans...if it's not a form issue, seriously consider removing power cleans.
I read somewhere that you were trying to loose a bit of fat Nockits. Does that mean that you are in a caloric deficit? If so, this could be the reason for your strength gains to stop. At the moment i am depending on my newbie gains for some more strength while in a caloric deficit but i think that will run out in a couple of weeks. Maybe a good idea to either focus on loosing fat, keeping strength almost the same, or gaining some weight and increasing strength. Keep up the good work though!
I switched up my routine. I think SS was pretty much done for me, working on it for almost 6 months now. My new routine that I made is extremely similar, but allows me to focus on the more important lifts, and movements that I feel I need to work on. It goes as follows, very similar to SS:
Push Press 3x5
Simple, yet hits all the muscle groups. Keep in mind that I'm doing this to keep fit rather than compete, so I'm not too critical about the routine.
For today, my numbers were:
It's been a few days since I've worked out. I couldn't make time over the weekend, but I still remained active! Went paintballing a couple times which is quite taxing to the body!
Had some difficulty with bench, but I managed to push through! Push press was good, but I failed on the very last rep because some deuche bag distracted me by almost walking into the barbell!!! I wish I could have dropped it on his head!
Dips were good, but I think all the pushing made me fail early.
My plan is to decrease the weight by 5lbs next time, then work back up and past the current weight, and repeat. I think there's a term for it, either it's ramping, or cycling, something like that. I'll do that and see how this helps!