- At what rate do you increase the weight on squats? He was squatting about 275 in November and can do 375 right now (w/ slight help out of the hole)… Do you try and get that up as quickly as possible or do you do it in increments to make sure he has a solid base (let him rep it out in the low 300’s for a couple months)? Also, is it dangerous to go up on weight if he requires more spotter assistance to get it up? [/quote]
I’d try to increase the weight he’s using in a given rep range every workout. thats not to say you should try and have him max out every workout, but rather if he’s doing 5x5 with 315 this week, try 5x5@325 next week (or whatever, the number of reps and the amount of weight are obviously just examples)
He’s better off with slower, consistent progression week to week than he is with a 50 lb pr one week, followed by sliding back the next week, and then spending a month stuck at the same weight. Personally, if theres spotter assistance I wouldnt count it. It’s just too hard to quantify whether he’s improving or whether the spotter unconciously gave a little mroe assistance this week.
There really is none. A slower player will have to be stronger, a faster player can get away with being weaker. A player who knows the game better can put himself in the right place and use the proper technique that will allow him to get away with being slower and weaker. As a d-back squatting 375 his squat is not a glaring deficiency, so I wouldnt worry about it.
[quote]3. At what point (400+, 500+, 600+) do you feel the risk of injury outweighs the risk of benefit for an athlete? Not too say he could hit those high levels in the next 2 years, but do you feel there is a weight range where injuries become exponentially more prevelant?
Last thing i would want is to be too aggressive and see him get hurt and be set back…[/quote]
I dont think it’s a question of the likelihood of injury increasing. If his technique is solid (a big ‘if’) and he’s doing everything necessary in terms of warmups, flexibility, recovery, he should be fine.
The real question, in my opinion, is at what point do you see diminishing returns, ie when should you say “all right, his squat could be better, but it’s GOOD ENOUGH, lets focus on speed/conditioning/flexibility, etc” The answer to that, of course, depends on whether his other skills are lagging, or if they are ahead of his squat.
One other piece of unsolicited advice is that if I were you I’d ask everyone who’s offering advice exactly what their credentials are. You’ve already got conflicting advice, and I disagree with several of the opinions posted here, so you’ll want to be able to make an informed judgment on the worth of some of this advice.
Personally, I played football only at the high school level, however I’ve coached hs football and been the strength coach for almost 5 years.