This will sound fairly stupid. I just really started to work out again, and have a pretty decent set up in my garage, power rack, strong bench w/attatcments, lat tower and plenty of iron and bars.
I am 5'7", an fat 270#(I am very "proportionately fat, but do have a gut).
I haven't done any 1Rm's for what I lift.
However, I am having a problem with squats.
I am following a HIT type program, and my current squat weight 295, I do a couple of warm up sets after a few minutes on the treadmill, the go to failure, usually 8, 8,6.
My problem is that I am struggling with the weight, but my quads don't feel it that much. My lower back it what gets the real workout.
I have videotaped my form and it's good, but I have always had large, strong legs.
I tried some 1 leg squats and I am having problem with balance.
I was thinking of buying on of the upright calf/squat leverage machines (powertech, NY Barbells, etc) to push my legs until I can gain enough strength to have my back handle the weight to really work my quads.
I know switching to a volume program would do it, but I have limited time to workout so prefery yhe HIT/Heavy Duty workouts.
Any thoughts or ideas?