I was in the gym earlier tonight and wanted to do squats, so I warmed up and started adding weight to the bar. I deadlifted earlier in the week and was pulling around 8 sets of 3 at 475 lbs. My PR in the dead is 520 lbs, but I could probably do more right now.
Anyway, as I was warming up and adding weight, I just realized when I got up to 275 that my low-back had not yet recovered from the deadlifts. So I figured I’d drop it down to 235 and do sets of 10 with that. After the first set, I realized that this was probably a bad idea and the gym owner and trainer noticed my form near the end of the set and saw that I did slightly lean over on my ascent.
It wasn’t a huge forward tilt, but it was enough to catch his eye obviously, and then he just flat-out embarrassed me in front of other people. He said, “your lower back is the limiting factor in your squat…you are too weak to be using that weight.”
I was kind of stunned more than pissed, initially, and replied in the heat of the moment by saying, “I can deadlift over 500 lbs, I don’t think it’s my lower back that’s the issue…I’m still tired from deadlifting earlier in the week.”
Then he had to make it a stand-off by saying, “I don’t care if you deadlift 1,000 lbs, it’s your lower back.”
Which do you think it is? Recovery or strength?
PS - this forward tilt was not the kind of thing you’d see in a high school weight room. It wasn’t a SquatMorning, as I like to call them.
I’m 22 years old and 5’8 - 195 lbs - 14%