You guys might remember when i was just squatting 120, had painful knees and wasnt progressing on many lifts. that was only like a month ago
I’m now squatting 175 with good form, never any pain, and my overhead press has been improving too every week by 2.5 lbs much more consistently than before. 102.5 now (did an extra jump after i did a deload after 5 weeks of lifting)
What i realized is the difference between my 210lb deadlift and 120lb squat was too much to be from weak squatting muscles, i just didn’t have the right mental state since squats just felt different and more “scary”. My bracing seemed okay but it wasn’t. I just put it in my head that my squat should be near my deadlift so there is zero reason i should ever miss this weight, and i started warming up my core with weighted planks before my squats, well now its 50lbs more without pain and it goes up way faster.
With overhead press i think i was afraid to struggle, the bar would go up very slowly on the 4th rep of the 3rd set so i assumed i was finished. Now i ignore that and sure the bar shakes its way up very slowly, but that is what is allowing me to progress weekly now.
So i push my self harder and have a better feel for what i can actually complete. I stopped being afraid of the weights and i got way stronger.