Thinking about switching to "New Rules"
Most of my conditioning experience is bodyweight only, but I've been lifting on and off for the last several months (mostly trying to learn the basic lifts and what have you). I really began to focus at the end of August, coming off of a vacation. I've been doing Mark Rippetoe's Starting Strength program, and having a ton of fun with it. I'm seeing decent progress with most of the lifts, but I'm starting to get stuck on a couple. I'm 5'7", about 215lbs. My squat is up to 255, deadlift 250, both of which are progressing smoothly. My power clean is at 105, and I'm just starting to feel comfortable with the movements. My big problem comes with my bench and overhead press. My bench is capping out at the moment at around 150lbs, and my press is more like 105. The last two sessions, I've been able to add weight for the first set or two, but I have to drop back down to my previous weight for the final set. For example, Tuesday I did 2x5 at 115 with the overhead press, but had to drop back to 105 to finish my last set. This is really frustrating, because I'm still so weak, and I feel like it's too soon in my lifting career for my linear progression to stop (I mean, really, after just one month). I don't know if it's that I'm not doing enough assistance exercises, or if I added weight too quickly to begin with, but it's tough to see some of these lifts get stuck while the others progress just fine. I'm wondering if I'm not getting enough rest, since I lift or train most days (skill training on the days I'm not lifting) but I'm not really getting sore at all.
I'm looking for solutions. One thing I was considering doing was switching over to the program out lined in New Rules for Lifting. I've done their break-in program before, and enjoyed it. I just don't know if getting stuck here is something I should just work through, slowly bringing the weight up on the sets I'm missing it on, or if it's a good time for a change. I like the New Rules because they focus on compound lifts, but they seem to work a greater variety of assistance exercises, as well as targeting the muscles unilaterally, among other things. I really enjoy the simplicity of the lifts in Starting Strength, but is it time for a change? Do those of you who have more experience lifting (and familiarity with either of these programs) have any input?