As discussed in previous articles I’ve been working on weighted squats a bunch lately.
In the past I found that my lower back would often get sore or tired, or be the cause of failing at a certain weight.
This was odd, since my lower back was much stronger than average, from all the kettlebell work and round back dead lifting I did.
But I didn’t think too much about it, because I didn’t care much for squats at that time.
Since I’ve become more focused on them I’ve been steadily progressing. And I took this video from the side as I set a new PR in the bottom position squat.
As you can see it’s half way between a good morning and a squat. At this height my thighs should be easily parallel with the ground but I end up with such a high hip position that they don’t.
My lower back is strong so its trying to do most of the work! Thus its all the more important to bring my leg strength up.
Since noticing just how “bad” my form was now I’m focusing much more on front squats than back squats. These force a much more upright position, and thus more use of the legs.
Bringing up a weak link can be a humbling experience.