I’ve been lifting for a few months now and I’m doing the 5x5 and ramping up the weight to my top set. My first question is whether I’m taking too long between my reps while squatting.
On my 5th set, I do the following: unrack the weight, take a deep breath and hold it, squat deep, come up and breathe 2-3 times, take another breath and hold it, repeat. I can get a lot more weight in my 5th set by doing this, but am probably taking 2-4 seconds between reps as a result. Is this a bad thing to do?
Second question is about deadlifts. My gym has those hexagonal weights. Deadlifts have been a pain because sometimes when I set the weight down between reps, it’ll roll forward or back when the weights land on an edge. Any solutions to this?