So after the last ten months of just googling shit I finally decided to sign up here, since I would read a lot of TNation forums that I found during my Googling, anyway.
This might be a bit long, and I have some random questions/thoughts. So any input or answers anyone feels like sharing, that would be fantastic.
Okay, so. I've been squatting for less than a year now. I take a moderate stance and just recently sucked it up and widened my grip out after the bar was uneven and this was the only thing that seemed to fix it. Ive been squatting 185-205 for the last two months. I actually maxed out with 235 one day like four months ago, but pushed it too far that day and did too many sets and got stapled to the floor after my legs were dead tired and my knees buckled in, injuring my lower back and putting me out of the gym for a good month. That brought me back down to 185. It seems that before I injured myself, my squat kept going up at least 5-10 lbs a WEEK. Now, I feel like my squat isn't going anywhere. I'm obsessed with my technique, and try to keep a tight arch in my back, my chest out (the wide grip seems to help that), wear chuck taylors, go as deep as I can for a wide stance, keep my head back/look up (not like, excessively back), you know. But I feel like my squat hasn't gone up (although I have hit 215, but then next session [1 to 2 days later] i unrack 185 and holy crap it feels heavy as shit, and im like WTF).
Also, sometimes I feel like I need to narrow my stance, but I like the 'equalizing' of the posterior chain that wide stance seems to offer. Plus, once I narrow my stance up, I feel like my legs get in the way and I cant go down as low (maybe because I lean forward because i have a mid bar placement on my back?) AND it pisses, PISSES me off how I always see people ragging on ANYONE who doesn't go ass to grass, yet I don't feel that they really understand what is considered deep for a moderate/wide stance squat. To be completely honest, I'm not sure I really understand what is considered deep for a wide stance squat, since Ive seen (what looks very painful) some LOW ass wide stances online, and it looking at those pain inducing 6 inches from the floor WIDE STANCES makes me feel like I'm not even doing a full half squat. My gym placed the squat rack right in front of the mirror, and I unrack the bar and walk forward so I can look up at the ceiling, instead of un racking the bar normally, and just staring at the mirror like everyone else. I usually get some weird looks for doing it 'backward'. (Ive found that not being in front of the mirror helps me keep my gaze focused upwards). Any thoughts on this?
I've also recently started front squatting to bring my quads up to par, and I have to say, oh-la-la. Shit hurts, but shit feels good.