As long as I knew myself, I hated squatting. It always felt unnatural and hard, as opposed to other big lifts like Benching and Deadlifting, which feels very natural and smooth. I do have a decent technique, however it never felt good or enjoyable and I probably don’t have the build for squatting. No joke, even squatting an empty bar is more arduous than pulling plates of the floor.
After years of squatting, my personal best is merely a 315 x 3, which is closer to my bench than my deadlift. Plus it continuously bothers my knees, which I’m scared it will catch up as I age.
Have you ever worked with an athlete that has the same problems any chance? If so what was your solution? Zercher squats for some reason doesn’t bother my knees and feels somewhat more natural than Back & Front Squats, do you think it would be a decent substitute as a main exercise for strength? As an ex athlete, I don’t currently compete in PL or any other sport, and go to gym to be strong, athletic and somewhat decent looking.
Thanks a lot!