my lifts are increasing, body weight is increasing, so I feel I am meeting my goals with the form yes. However, by hitting proper depth (below parallel) I do feel this is going to be the way forward for me. So Monday I will ‘put the ego aside’ take the weight back to 80kg and rebuild with proper form. Does this sound like a good idea? I will look into the ebook thanks, and killerDIRK I will check starting strength and youtube, thanks a lot.
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Truthfully, this is the trap I find many beginners end up in which results in being stuck in ruts for years. The formula generally goes like this
1: Start lifting weights
2: Finally reach a weight that is actually challenging/requires effort and therefore creates stimulus
3: Confuse exertion with "pain"
4: Decide that form must be off
5: Lower the weight to an easier weight with a goal to have “better form”, in doing so no longer actually getting results
This cycle can repeat for years, if not an entire lifting career, resulting in people that never get past a 225lb bench after 30 years of training.
I go against the grain quite a bit on this, but honestly, if I had to do it all over again, I would’ve just kept pushing everytime I worried about form. I jacked up my back hardcore by squatting down to pins because I was SO paranoid about hitting depth on my squat. Weight hit the pins, my back rapidly unloaded and reloaded the weight, and I couldn’t walk for a week. Couldn’t deadlift for 3 years after that.
These days, the only time I squat to depth is in a competition that requires it. I would say 99% of my squats are above depth. Additionally, after using this style of training, I finally broke past a 4 year plateau on squats and hit 502 at a bodyweight of 181 in comp.
Ultimately, I look at WHY I am squatting. If the goal is to get bigger and stronger, and I am doing that with HOW I am squatting, I don’t change a thing.
Whatever gets results. We are debating the difference of a few degrees above Parallel. Unless it’s a Comp not a big deal. What I see too often is people doing quarter squats bc they read getting to Parallel isn’t needed. That’s where it gets a little out of control. I’d doubt 1/4 squat of 400 is more productive then full squats of 225