Thanks for the help all. Confirms some things I was thinking and gives me some new things to work on as well.
Front squat: if I were a beginner again, I would learn back squats first. Dont beat yourself up on depth too much. As you train your flexibility will increase and you will squat deeper. Going to deep at first without the right flexibility will only cause your back to round.
Bench press: save your shoulders young man, and switch to dumbells.
Post your diet. What are your goals?
I did back squats for a while, I just can’t get deep on them at all without bending over too far. Front squats feel much more natural for me.
I do some DB work for chest each workout, I just don’t like using them on my main lift of the day because ramping weight on them in a commercial gym is such a pain in the ass.
Currently my goal is mass gain. Progress stagnating a bit so it’s probably time to ramp up calories again, I’m at about 3800-3900/day now and will add in another 250/day or so within the next week if the scale doesn’t start moving. I can go into greater detail if you wish and post my entire day’s worth of food, but as a general overview: on training days (5-6 days a week) my macros are about 135g/350g/315g fat/carb/protein (comes out to 3850calories, each macronutrient is 30-35% of total intake). It’s a fairly high fat diet, but since I tend to accumulate fat almost entirely in my belly when I put on weight, I figured lower carbs is a good place to start. I’ll toy with the ratios as I keep gaining until I figure out what works best for me, but I have to start somewhere and it seemed as good of a starting point as any.
Again, thanks for the feedback all.