Thursday, January 10, 2013

Training - Light Squats

Bodyweight - 248

Leg Ext -
25x20
50x20
75x20
100x22
75x20
50x25
25x25

Making some progress here.

Fronts -
225x5
275x5,5,5,5,5

Squats -
325x5,5,5,5,5

Notes - Ok so the adductor still feels a little poor, so I had to "muscle" everything to keep it from firing.  I don't know if that makes sense, but I can squat, and basically not bring the adductors into play as much and switch to quads if I concentrate on it.  Yes yes, I know the adductors still stretch however my "normal" squat lets me stretch them out more and fire harder out of the hole.  Tonight I had to "quad" it more.

I haven't done any "back" squats for a while, and 325 felt heavy on my back.  Yes, that's pathetic, but the neat thing was, the fronts make the concentric portion look like an empty bar.  Yes, it's 325 but I can already tell a difference in the way my squat feels from all the fronts I have been doing.  Which is nice.

The fronts will stay a staple.  Tomorrow I will lay out some of the ideas I have been toying with a little further, and show you how this week and next week lays out.  I think you will find it interesting.

6 comments:

  1. front squats are one of my favorite lifts. dont think alot of people give utilise them enough.

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    1. I have REALLY began to love them. And I know it's going to pay off.

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  2. You promised me a podcast.....

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    1. Delayed. WE have a guest on for next week.

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  3. Paul,

    First off, love the site. About 6 weeks off of a back injury I started using the front squat 1x a week to keep my low back in a better position. When I felt comfortable I went to 2x a week and then started following it up with a set or 2 of back squats on the first day. I am still early in the process, working my weight up slowly on the back squats and slowly increasing weight and volume in the fronts, but I get the same feeling you mention. Back squats feel great after the fronts.

    The new shirt kicks ass. Keep up the great work you're doing. It is greatly appreciated.

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    1. Yes. this is the first time I've REALLY been consistent with my front squatting and it makes back squats feel SUPER strong out of the hole.

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