👨🏽🔬I am by no means an expert. But what I do have is experience. 🏋🏽As you can see by this video, I've gone from squatting 300lbs+ back to ~200lbs. Why you may ask? I used to think the only thing that mattered in weightlifting is how much you lift- adding weight to the bar as fast as possible. Don't get me wrong, adding weight over time is the best and most effective way to become stronger and more fit. But... 🤔Taking this paradigm to the extreme has drawbacks. Namely, it is easy to add weight by modifying your form and catering to your strengths.
For example, my lower back is significantly stronger than my quads during the squat, so by sitting my hips back and lowering my torso I can take advantage of my stronger muscles. ⛓The problem, though, is you may not notice that by doing this you end up neglecting your weaker links. The first video is exactly that. I sit my hips back until my torso is almost parallel which allows my hips to do most of the work. Quad involvement is minimized and compensating is the easiest way to bigger weights. The second video is my first attempt to fix this. 🥋Our bodies are master compensators! We mustn't ONLY focus on the weight in our reps but the quality as well. This will save you from plateaus and more importantly injuries in the future. Quality first, quantity second. (I'll elaborate on squat technique so you can avoid this too 😉) 🔋If you're worried about regressing in your dominant muscles, a good workout program can incorporate them in other exercises. For example, I do Romanian deadlifts after squats which are very back and hamstring intensive. Less fatigue in the squat means more in the tank for Romanians! A win-win.