I squat heavy everyday. Sometimes merely almost everyday, but generally everyday. And just yesterday, I officially started lifting a heavier 1RM percentage for my work sets. And also increased the volume. Still only once a day, but more volume. My last workout was 385 pounds for 12 sets of 1 rep. That was my max capacity and I was happy I calculated it correctly. The twelfth set really really felt like a true, final set. It was extremely grindy, and for the first time in this training block, it broke down my form. It was ugly.
And the pain in my knees, which never ever went away ever since the first week of daily squatting began, is still bugging me as I am writing this post. Literally the only time it goes away is whenever I properly get done with my warm up. Squatting an empty bar is incredibly painful, and the pain only goes away after I do a few sets of 135 for some fives.
Yesterday was a bit special. So I was squatting. At about 1/3rd through the workout, there was a sharp pain on my right knee. I felt it before when I was doing cardio from some weeks ago. So when I felt it on that squat workout, I thought of backing out and calling it a day, since it may be a sign I will get hurt if I continue my squat sets. I thought “Let’s do one more and see how it feels”. I felt stupid for risking it, but I did. So I did one more set and then paid attention to how it felt… Pain was gone… So I kept squatting.
And now here I am, many hours after that squat workout, and my knees are hurting.
Should I now do less squatting or I should still be fine with some more? I think I’m starting to feel it in my back as well. For some reason, my tailbone hurts and I don’t even get hit on the tailbone from any blunt object. What the heck.
Is it appropriate to back down on the squatting frequency and volume?
P.S. = What about squatting intensity? Should I reduce it too?