Background: I'm 5'9, 150 lbs, repping 185 five times for squat.
Three days a week I do squats, in accordance with the SS routine. After ten minutes of eliptical, and five minutes dynamic stretching, I warm up with the bar, then hit the squats.
When I do 5x5's of 185, I don't seem to be anywhere near as tired as I used to when doing other routines.
After reading the "Disappointed with SS Routine" thread, I tried my squats a little differently today. Someone had mentioned to not focus too much of form and stay focus on lifting. Keeping this in mind, today, instead of going past parallel -which I normally do 185 five times- I did normal squats at 245 for five sets. And when I got home, I was exhausted.
I know I shouldn't rate my growth on tiredness, but I can't help but feel like the current SS routine is as effective as it could be if I didn't go past parallel.
My question is: should I stick to going past parallel when the load is lighter and my body obviously isn't taxed as much, or should I not worry too much about parallel and push my body?
Would I see better gains in the long run by sticking to going past parallel, or would it not be hugely detrimental by keeping it at the knee.