I was hoping all you squatting and pulling veterans out there could answer me a question or two.
I've been weight training for 9 months at home using DB's only. I just got an EZ-curl bar which I've been using to do deadlifts and squats (finally!!!) I know it's not the best, but it works.
I used to do bulgarian split squats with DB's which really seemed to hit my quads nicely. Now I'm doing ass to grass back squats and for some reason I don't really feel it in my quads....I really feel it in my hammies though. Is that normal? Is it because I'm going so low that my hamstrings are feeling it the most?
Also, should I be alarmed that my knees sound like pop rocks when I go that low? It doesn't hurt at all, but it sure sounds bad.
Now on to DL's. I love them but I'm not too sure about all the variations.
In a normal deadlift (bar on ground) I should be bending the knees and lowering my body to grip the bar and lift with my legs right? Doing a stiff leg DL should I be keeping my legs and arms as straight as possible and lifting with my back and shoulders (and legs and arms of course)
what variation of either a squat or DL would you say is the best to target the glutes? I don't really have much of an ass and I'd like to build myself one.
Thanks much for all your help, you T-men and T-Vixens are awesome!