Just joined today.
I recently stumbled onto this site and I am amazed at the depth of info! Hopefully I can apply some to my own weight lifting goals and aspirations.
I don't plan to compete in any full meets but I would like to try a raw push/pull. My squat is terrible due to a complete lack of hip mobility and a messed up knee. Despite several shoulder injuries I have what I think is a decent bench for my body weight. Like a lot of muscle heads out there I used to lift like a moron, eschewing form in an effort to move the most weight possible and I've accrued a lot of injuries because of it.
Basically I'm looking to start over as far as form goes and build my strength for the bench and sumo deadlift. When I squat with a wide power lifting stance I CAN'T go down below parallel, there is extreme pressure and pain in my hip joints and they basically lock up.
In order to go deep I have to place my feet no more than 6" apart which puts a lot of stress on my knees and is how I messed up my knee in the first place. Oddly I can deadlift without these things affecting me, I'm just really weak due to a lack of leg strength.
My lifts as of now (at 175 b/w, goal is 165 b/w):
Bench = 265 lbs for 9 reps (I'll check my 1rm this Saturday, hoping for 350)
Squat = Pansy...no more than 185 lbs for sets of 10
Sumo deadlift = 330 lbs 1rm