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Focus on increasing squat weight


#1

Im 18 years old, 6", and about 200 lbs with the following lifts
Press: 115
Squat: 170
Bench: 180
Deadlift: 320
As you can tell I have a pretty low squat and it pisses me off that I'm not pushing much weight. I still have good form and stay patient but if my goal is to have a really good squat, what template would you recommend. I've read the original book and own beyond 5/3/1 but I'm not sure what template can help me reach my goal. I know in a past thread Wendler said he doesn't really recommend the more squatting template and I wouldn't be able to go 5 times a week anyways. Thanks in advance


#2

You don't have a "low squat", you have a low everything. You should also check the way you deadlift, I suspect you might be deadlifting with rather improper form (lower back rounding) which is why there is such a huge difference so between your squat/deadlift so far. Either that or your leverages are very advantageous for the deadlift and disadvantageous for the squat. If you're really worried, post a video of both your squat/deadlift. As for the rate of increase, I'll just quote Jim.

"Each lift will NOT increase at the same time. This is normal. Keep plugging away. The breakthrough will eventually come." - Jim Wendler


#3

When I was in football I was very ignorant and never squatted below parallel or even parallel but I do now. I deadlift with correct form, it's really a simple lift. And yea I know all my lifts are low but my goal is to catch my squat up to par.


#4

If that's the case, don't sweat it, your squat will catch up soon enough. You basically had a head start on your deadlift, give it a couple of months. Believe in the process, it'll get you there.


#5

Should I atleast be squatting 2-3 times a week instead of just once. I'm doing triumvirate 4 days a week now


#6

Just do as the program says pal.


#7

Check out the Full Body program in the Beyond book. It has you squatting 3 times a week. Worked out great for me.


#8

Okay I'll pull out my book and check it out, the power clean variation also looked pretty fun


#9

There are lifting programs where you squat 3 times a week and multi-day challenges. I took a challenge in which I squatted every day for 21 days, alternating heavy weight, low reps, with light weight, high reps, and gained 7 kilograms while being complimented on losing weight.