I think there’s now a running theme in this (very occasional) blog about how I mean to update but I never have time. Although, to be fair, this time it’s been a lack of motivation to update. I confess: I’m fed up. Life is very stressful right now and, while I’m still nominally going to the gym, it’s more going through the motions than anything else.

Back before I did my last competition, I had intended not to compete again until the British Classic in September, and was planning to spend the rest of the summer doing volume work and getting hench (& heavy!) like I did before my Las Vegas holiday. But the best-laid plans etc etc, and I’m now planning to do a competition in July, if only to get that stupid 102.5kg squat I want so badly.

(I’m probably putting far too much pressure on myself to get it, I know. I can only try to steel myself not to be too upset if I don’t.)

We started a new program on Monday to run us up to the July competition. Unfortunately my coach wants me to use the squat safety bar for all my squats (argh) which I wasn’t happy with; but I negotiated with him so that I only have to do regular squats with the SSB, but the paused ones (which I did on Monday) can be with the straight bar. He also wants me to try to squat with a wider stance, which necessitated me taking some weight off the bar (sob).

My main problem with squats is that I can’t hit depth AND stay upright in the torso. To hit depth I need to keep my shins as upright as possible (because my thighs are very large, and if my knees go too far forward my hip crease can’t physically go low enough). So my first move when I squat is to sit back & down…. which means my torso leans forward. It’s like a catch-22 – I can’t keep my shins as upright as possible and keep my torso up. Hence the dreaded safety bar which forces you to keep a very upright-torso (but I can’t squat much weight with it – 45kg x 8 felt like torture on Saturday).

So the plan at the moment is to vary my stance, and use the SSB, at least for the next 3 weeks. We’ll see what happens.

In the meantime, the IPF World Classic is coming up & 3 lifters from my gym are taking part (and my coach will be away for a week looking after them). Exciting stuff and I look forward to seeing how they do!

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    1. lozette Post author

      No specifically, but I do good mornings & variations all the time (regular, seated, stiff-legged, heavy, concentric etc)

  1. ebay313

    This is actually making me wish I had access to squat safety bar. I wonder if it would help me with keeping a straight torso, which I think I’m probably not great at. Of course lifting alone in my basement makes it hard to know and correct my form all the time :-\

    1. lozette Post author

      I’ve never read any Rippetoe so I have no idea what he says. But I’m talking about the upper body collapsing & causing the squatter to topple forward. My coach has always said we should lead with the chest & try to stay as upright as possible.

    1. lozette Post author

      Yep, sounds like what I’m trying to do, I just can’t do it well with heavy weights. My bum comes up and my head/chest follow. That’s what I mean when I say I’m leaning forward.

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