Beginning Intermediate Lifter First time poster here. Good suggestions are much appreciated...
Finishing up month 3 of Wendler 531 and noticed my ATG Squat (my weakest lift) has gone up the least of all my lifts. Yes I'm very happy it's up, but a 9% gain for a crappy lift seems very low to me compared to my Deadlift. Deadlift has gone up about 17%, and is now 1.5X my all the way down squat (with decent form).
I'm thinking my lower back and quads are a lot stronger than my glutes & hams, and I need to stop doing ATG Squats as assistance work, and just bomb my glutes & hams after I do my 531 sets. FYI, when doing squats I really have to concentrate to not let my back fold and take over the lift. Think I have a big strength imbalance that needs to be addressed by hitting the weak muscles directly.
Did a Google search, and apparently a 1.5X ratio of DeadLift / ATG Squat is fairly normal.
Will plan to continue doing what I have been doing for a least another 3 months and reassess.