I read a brief article on Adam Archuletta recently that highlighted a weakness in my physique. Specifically, power-generation.
Let me rephrase.
I can’t squat worth a damn and it’s starting to bother me. I’m 6’1", 180 lbs, length slightly skewed toward my legs. I squat something like 215 lbs, which is 60 lbs less than my bench and about 175 lbs less than my deadlift.
My form is a rough approximation of BB-style. Feet just wider than shoulder-width, toes 30 degrees out, back arched throughout.
It’s been some time since I’ve had a truly decent squat workout. Until recently, I worked legs once a week with roughly 8 sets of ass-to-grass squats, starting at 12 reps and pyramiding up to as much weight as I could take for 6.
I was a distance runner for years prior to and during lifting, and the speed at which I perform the concentric portion of the lift seems to reflect it. When I stall out, it’s always at parallel. When the set concludes, it’s always because of muscle failure, but never pain. I simply can’t lift the weight. I feel like I ought to be able to lift it, but something just doesn’t fire and it stalls.
So, in short I ask:
How can I learn to fire what I have? How can I boost the concentric speed of a given lift? What ancillary exercises should I be performing?