Because I seriously have no idea where it went.
Since getting back under the bar in NROL my squat has just been sad. I don’t know if the problem is ankle or hip mobility, or maybe both, but there’s a problem. I can’t even squat at the weight I was doing when I first started NROL4W. Mind you, right now NROL calls for 2 set of 15 reps, and I’m aiming for ass-to-grass, but really, I should be able to put up more than 60 lbs at this point.
Monday’s workout I could tell as I was going that something was really off with my form. I was definitely transferring the load to my lower back and that’s just not good at all. I didn’t have any pinchy/bad/injury pain, but it wasn’t comfortable. I mean, heavy squats shouldn’t be comfortable, but definitely not painful.
So, in attempts to save my back and fix my form I’m going to check my ego at the door (well, stairwell) and drop the weight down (again) to work on depth and mobility.
I’m also going to make an effort to work on my hip and ankle mobility. How exactly I’m going to do that, I haven’t quite figured out yet, but I need to do something. I’m guessing that this is a side effect of sitting on my arse in front of a computer all day, and since I can’t change my job, I will work on what I can.
On my must-read list for fixing this issue are a whole host of Stumptuous articles:
- From Dork to Diva: Squat
- Lurn to squat good – EZ-Y!
- Learning the squat 1: Debunking the myths
- Learning the squat 2: Why squat?
- Learning the squat 3: How to squat
- Learning the squat 4: Tips, tricks and troubleshooting
For any women with any interest in weight lifting/training, nutrition or just generally being a badass, Stumptuous’s site is a must read. Bonus points because she’s in Toronto!
I will say, however, that my deadlifts are going pretty well. As much as I really loathe doing 15 reps for sets, I think these sets at 105 lbs (well, 108 I guess, stupid bar weighs 18 lbs) will really help translate into good numbers when we finally work down to 6 or 8 rep sets.
Also, I really wish we had an Oly bar. It made sense to get a standard 1″ thick bar because we got 260 lbs worth of standard plates for free, and a $1/lb that’s not exactly cheap to replace, but gripping the smaller bar is harder, and it bends under such small weights! I think we’ll have to upgrade eventually, but until then I might have to invest in a pair of lifting gloves. I love my lifting calluses, but I’d really like to be able to keep a grip on the bar. We’ll see.