Back stuff: 25% because of an injury and 75% because I haven't worked hard enough to rehab it yet. Like I said, I know I need work here, I obviously have to suck it up on this one.
Dips: I don't know. Used to love weighted dips, it was the only accessory that really hit my triceps. Now I dunno whats changed, but they absolutely kill my chest. Feels like someone is opening me up with a ribslplitter. So for now, I've decided I can skip these in favor of skullcrushers, narrow grip bench, etc. Not to mention my chest/front delts/tris are my strong point so I'm workin on other stuff.
What I'm questioning is stuff more in the middle ground. For me, JM presses. They put some pain on my elbows, and a bit on the wrists.
Yeah, squatting is a no brainer, if I want to have any powerlifting goals, I have to squat. But they don't hurt, they just suck, haha. Squats are the kind of asskicking that I look forward to, the reason I go to the gym in the first place. I guess another way to put it, squats are obviously "good" pain, to me.
How can I tell if its a mobility/flexibility/strength weakness I need to hammer, vs my body telling me to lay off?