Allright, out of all my major lifts squat is by far the one that frustrates me the most. It is the single most lift that I have tried to improve over the last year or so and it hasnt gone anywhere.
About a year ago, I decided to squat twice a week (Tues Front, Fri Back) I did not make very good progress with that partially because I would burn myself out on tuesday doing 4 sets on front squats. Then I also did not have a very consistent rep scheme (would go high reps one week then low the next then back to high). Also, my form was not too good. I pushed off the balls of my feet, which is something I later corrected.
Then I saw a olyimpic style strength coach on certain things and he had me do oly style squats. Doing these at first dropped me down to about 50% of my 1RM then worked my way up to a little less than where i was before.
After that I started at a new school and was put into my teams lifting program. I did fine there (other than going crazy watching guys load up 500 lbs and going 30 degrees down, if that) After a while I started to widen my stance because my feet being a foot apart didnt seem very right for me considering my inseam is 39" I spread it out and bam, I was back where I was before. I wasnt using the balls of my feet but I wasnt going anywhere. And its been like that ever since.
How bad you might ask? My bench 1RM is 325, my power clean (feet under me the whole time) 305, my squat 1 rm is right at 300 (w/ 28 inch thighs?).
I honestly think that its hammys and lower back b/c whenever I seem to get on low reps and I get to a sticking point every once in a while i will get on the balls of my feet and suddenly be able to push up. (that and when I do push press, I feel alot more strain on my lower back than pretty much anywhere else. I think I might have answered my own question there. But anyway do any of you have any other suggestions.