After being convinced by you guys to finally start working my legs as hard as my upper body, I have finally started squats, deadlifts, goodmornings, and calf raises. The weight went up quickly until I reached the 225 mark, but since I have just started training them I am still pleased even with that low number (much better than the 55 lbs dumbells I was using to squat before!). The good mornings and squats have alleviated (knock on wood) the lower back pain I have had since my college pitching days.
Finally, my question is how much weight do you use on GM in comparison to your squat. I was scared of GMs and started out very light and have worked my way up to 145 310. I am now comfortable enough with them to start using my 55 and 54322 workouts.
I have heard conflicting information from guys I consider "experienced". One camp says you should GM fairly close to what you squat in because your back must be prepared for the loss of angle in your back when you squat heavy (for me :)). Another camp says that the weight should not be that heavy and that you should just hit your lower back with moderate weight and perhaps high reps.
My “getting less sissy” squat workout tomorrow will be a 54322 starting at 2355 and going up in 5 lb increments. I was thinking of going 175 for 35 on GM - up from 145 3*10. What do you guys think is the appropriate philosophy on GMs and what should my weight be. I love what it’s doing for my lower back and want to maximize the results.