Sometimes things don't go according to plan and you have to modify, and that was the case with this peaking block for @braithweights.
The first squat workout into this peak Rob was feeling some pain in his hip flexor, so we gave him some soft tissue and mobility stuff to do, but unfortunately it wasn't getting better. During a peaking block unlike other times, you may just have to push through a tiny bit of pain as the competition is so close, but not if it starts to affect movement and strength. Which for Rob it was. So we had to make some fairly major adjustments.
In my opinion, once the pain starts to affect and limit movement, the best course of action is whatever is needed to make sure that come the day of the competition they are as pain free as possible. So for Rob, we dropped out full range of motion squats completely and anything else that caused even a 1/10 pain, and last week I had him do only High Pin Squats just to maintain some neurological activity in the squat pattern. Its not what an athlete or coach wants to do 3 weeks out from a meet, but it needed to be done. Fast forward a week later, and Rob shoots me a message that during his warm-ups he is feeling really good with no pain, so we ended up having him hit 405lbs. on squat. Little to no pain, and physically that was where we probably needed to stop, but mentally Rob wanted and needed 420lbs. for the confidence boost going into the meet, so I let him take that as well and fortunately minimal pain there as well. He still isn't 100%, as even if there isn't pain he is still babying the eccentric motion, so we will stick with High Pin Squats for his second squat workout of the week. Then next Monday I will probably have him hit 405lbs. again just to have some weight on his back before resting up for the remainder of the week to come in feeling as good as possible come competition time.