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Skateboarder Looking to Incorporate Lifting


#1

Hi

I ve been doing StrongLifts for a couple of months, and I'm a Skateboarder.
However, I can't Skateboard and Squat several times a week. Squatting fatigues my legs too much to Skateboard.
So my question is, can I drop squats or do them only once a week?
I just can't really figure out how to combine both without having to cut on Skateboarding.

Greetings from Germany


#2

Guten tag!

How often are you skating? You could always skate on non-squatting days or skate earlier in the day if you're planning to squat that day. Also I'm surprised your legs are wrecked so much from squatting, especially after a couple months of doing them. Maybe you're overdoing the volume or (more likely) under-recovering.

Another possibility is you ARE capable of skating and squatting but you're just used to performing optimally all the time and "feeling fresh", so to speak. I struggled with this for years (climber here, also started lifting very recently) and it's a trap. I became addicted to performing and tried to out-do myself every day. This caused me to not train as hard because I wouldn't perform while in the middle of a hard training cycle. Now I accept the supposed feeling of weakness because I know I'm getting stronger in the long-run. Once in a while I take 2-3 days off from climbing, and this helps a lot because it shows me I really am getting stronger.

Obviously if it's causing severe pain/immobility and you really can't skate at all you'll need to cut back on something. Are you using Plazma? If you can afford it, it will definitely solve your problem.


#3

When skateboarding I have to make fast movements, so it doesn't really work when I'm still kind of sore from squatting yesterday.
Probably I'll cut down on lifting to twice a week and alternate between deadlift and squat each time.
I'll see how it works.


#4

What is your actual current goal: To build strength? To increase muscular size? To compete in skateboarding events?

Is the skateboarding recreational (for fun or your only transportation) or are you competitive? If you're competitive, then it's a matter of training like an athlete and treating the skateboarding like any other sports practice and working . If it's recreational, then it might be best to deal with skating at less-than-100% for the short term while focusing on improving gym performance.

Figuring out exactly what you want to do will let you figure out a better plan to get there. But without knowing any details, yes, you can be fine only squatting/hitting legs once a week with a well-designed program.

Also, like Shralpinist said, workout nutrition like Plazma or Surge Workout Fuel can definitely cut down on soreness and help with recovery.