Hey ladies and gents,
Having lurked for about a year, I've decided that it's time to get in on this community. I won't mention other websites, but T-Nation seems to be largely absent of the juvenile nonsense that plagues everywhere else I've been, and that's something that I think is really cool.
Anyway, I have a couple of questions regarding my (limited) lifting experience:
1) I am 6'0 and 165 pounds (I know, big man coming through, folks!). Currently, I am on Madcow's, and managed to squat 255 for a satisfactory three reps in my last workout. However, today, something very strange happened, squatting felt like a nightmare. The rhythm was just not there, and on my fourth warm up set of 210 I was struggling mightily. Eventually, I ended up completing only 2 reps of 255 and being a very disappointed man. I did, however, decisively bust through both my bench and bent over row PR's. What happened with my squats? Was it just an inexplicable off day?
2) Should I start belting up on my squats? My lower back does feel pretty uncomfortable, but I am concerned that if I belt up I rob my abs of a chance to develop strength and awesomeness.