For months I’ve been doing squats with no progress, I really can’t figure this out. When I do them I always feel tired but I don’t feel the muscles working, there’s no pump, no soreness afterwards. I’ve tried many variations, low reps with as much as I can handle, high reps, everything. But when finishing the set I just feel tired, I don’t know what’s lifting the weight but I’m sure it’s not my quads, lower back or glutes.
I did some research to see if anyone had this problem also and I came across this post: wannabebig.com/forums/showthread.php?t=35958
The original poster is describing exactly the same thing that I’m experienced, I couldn’t have said it more accurately.
To quote him “Other than that, I have no idea what my problem is. Every other lift is perfectly fine, I feel the muscle doing the lift, I get a pump, I get sore, I progress, I get bigger. Squats have been the total opposite. I squat with perfect form and feel nothing in my quads. It’s like a ****in magic trick. WTF??” that really fits me with this problem.
Please help this is really frustrating[/quote]
I’ve a similar problem and it’s getting a huge issue! My upper body is progressing at a far faster pace than my lower body. I’ve a very good mind-muscle connection in my upper body…crazy pump in my lats, arms, chest…but almost nothing in my quads. I don’t feel them working. It feels as if my legs were from another person (from a crippled paraplegic centenarian)
I believe the issue is a structural one (Bad squat leverages)
Recently I found out a solution (hope so!): Besides continuing to squat (front squat is better for us), also add quads and glutes dominant exercises like heavy split squat, bulgarian split squat…
The more we’ll force our body to recruit the quads and glutes, the stronger they’ll get, the more our body will tend to rely on them during squat. But if you don’t first strengthened your quads, under heavy working load your body will do all in its power to adopt the most advantageous leverages (mostly targeting the posterior chain) getting the job done, hence the quads not being adequately stimulated.
Sorry for my french, hope you still get the point!