So here is my story: I love squats. But it was not always this way. A year and a half ago, when I first discovered powerlifting and decided that’s what I wanted to do, I tested my squat and it was 195 lbs - I sucked. I vowed on that day to make squatting my strongest movement. Since then, not only have I definitely improved my squat, but I have grown to love them, and they are now by far my favorite lift.
Over the last 6 months I have made my biggest gains, taking my Pr from 275 to 345. However, I also developed some bad habits because I was pushing so hard - I was racking the bar way too low on my back, dropping my chest really low to compensate, and barely hitting depth because of it. SO, in the past few weeks I have been working to fix this, moving my rack position a bit higher, fighting to keep my torso more upright, and working to hit a nice solid depth on every rep. It sucks to take a hit to my numbers, but it’s worth it to make sure my form is better.
Today, I maxed out with my new and improved technique. I am going to re-set my 5/3/1 work based on this max, which will give me a few cycles of lighter weight to continue working on my squat form, so that when I get back up heavy again hopefully I can crush my old PR’s.
However, since I’m taking the weight back for a couple months in order to work on technique anyways, I figured I would post a video of my squats from today and see if any of you guys had further critiques or ideas on things I could work on. Now is the perfect time to tweak form issues, both big and small, so anything you notice would be helpful. Let me know what you think, and thanks.