Today was the first time I have ever truely squatted, despite lifting weights on and off since high school (20 years!). I know, I know. I expect to get made fun of. That’s ok. I sort of have a reason. My shoulder flexibilty has always sucked. I could never get the bar on my traps properly.
So instead of working on mobility, I would just do the leg press (which I rarely did anyway). I have returned to weight training recently, and tried to do front squats, dumbell squats or zercher squats instead. What I have found is this:
There is no substitute.
I know my form sucked, but I was completely humbled by how weak I was. It was a disgrace. Considering that I look fairly athletic (5’11", 180) and I guess my upper body strength is decent (bench 255x3, OHP: 115x5, 13 strict chin ups).
I still can’t hold the bar right (my hands rest where the weights end on the bar), but at least I can do them. I also got these amazing cramps in my hamstrings. I did 5 sets and I submitted.
Anyone in a similar position? I always knew my legs were “weak”, but this is crazy. Feel free to berate me. I hope the experienced, big dudes don’t see this!