Hi everybody, I'm relatively new to squatting and weightlifting in general. I started in late february because I wanted to start training for basketball next year. Since then, I've been doing a vertical jump development program which is mainly just squats, leg curls and calf raises. Here were my starting stats:
Squat- 175 lbs x 8, smith machine, half squats (I know you want to smack me in the face for doing this!)
Deadlift- 155 lbs x 8 good form
Now, tonight, 9 weeks later, I realize my squats were extremely lacking and I needed to start doing them on a real rack with a real ROM. The week before tonight, I squatted around 240 x 5 on the smith, still not very deep. Tonight, I squatted about 200 completely ATG with a free bar. I could only get 7 reps in. This was kind of disappointing, because a large goal I have is to squat 350 x 5 before basketball season this november. And lemme tell you, 110 seems like alot less than 150.
Anyway, each workout before this "real" one I felt excruciating burns in my quads and that was about it. Tonight, I felt it all around my legs, and even worse burns. My knees have also been hurting a lot and I think it's due to the smith and the bad form. I'm really glad I switched. On the smith squats, my weight went up really fast, like 10 lbs a week. Since my squat has decreased significantly, can I expect to be up to at least 250 x 5 by late May? I want to get 5+ pounds a week.
As for the deadlift, I started at a terrible 155, and last week I repped out 6 at 290 lbs! I gained like 15 lbs a week for 9 weeks straight! I think this must have to do with the fact that I am tall (6 1) and have a black mans body. I have very long arms and legs, a tiny torso and very big muscle joints. I am a large person, and squatting is just so hard for me to do. My legs have never been that strong but seeing little 140 pound guys squatting 300 just makes me so angry. I'm not skinny, but my body fat is only 7% and I'm around 190 lbs. Some additional details:
I'm 15 years old, 6 1, 190 lbs, 7% body fat.
I have only squatted and deadlifted for about 8 weeks now
I'm training to as an athlete, not a bodybuilder or powerlifter
The main reason I'm squatting is for vertical jump development, but also for all around athleticism, health, strength, and all those other good things squatting does for you.
Here are some questions I'm wondering:
Why is it that my deadlift is soo much better than my squat?
Can I expect to gain 5-10 pounds on my squat per week due to my change in form and 40 pound weight drop?
Is it possible to get up to 350 in 7 months? It's about 150+ in 7 months so 20 lbs a month or 5 lbs a week.