I am, 32, 6’1 161 pounds, skeletor yes I know!
Starting lifting again after a approximately 4 year break. I used to benchpress in the Army. When I left the Army I was approximately 215 pounds and benching 300.
Due to having a largely sedentary job as an environmental consultant, no lifting, and not needing to have manhandle my soldiers my body gravitated back down to what I guess is my set point 160 ish.
Anyway after my wife told me I was looking a bit thin I started picking up the weights again approximately a month ago. I have been a lot of overhead presses, bent over rows, dead lifts, and a curl here or there.
I have an olympic bar and about 300 pounds of weight and some dumbell handles. And have been working out on my lanai (a porch in Hawaii).
Deadlifts feel great and I may be doing them too frequently though I haven’t gone over 260 yet. And the overhead presses feel really good, though the most I’ve repped with on the barbell is 95 for 6.
Squats just seem to defeat me though, I feel like as I descend I am getting into some sort of modified good morning position. My arch stays good but I feel at the bottom position that im am just way too far bent over.
I have tried a variety of bar positions and it doesnt seem to affect the resulting position, though a wide foot position seems to help a tad. On every squat attempt I try to go as low as I can while maintaining my balance.
Oddly enough Dan John’s ( I think they are his anyway) overhead squats seem to give me the best or most upright upper body position when I am the low point of the movement. The most I have tried for those is 65 pounds for 8 reps. Does anyone else’s traps “sound off” too when doing these?
Anyway any thoughts on form for squats? I am performing them in barefeet for the most part. I was just curious why deadlift felt great , and squats are just making me feel stupid! Should I expirement more or just keep on with the overhead squatting till I can lift more signigicant amounts of weight?