One of my biggest pet peeves in the gym is when people stack on extra weight (well above where they should be) on the squat rack while sacrificing form and range of motion. Of course, I do like to test my limits, and my form will suffer from time to time. I use video recording to analyze my form and seek feedback from professionals and long-time gym goers who have done bodybuilding, fitness routines, and powerlifting much longer than I have, but I also am realistic. For example, I know that I can current squat around 300lbs for one rep right now – sometimes 320lbs or so, so there is no reason for me to realistically get under 405lbs on the squat rack just to move it 2 inches. It is not worth it. My pet peeve really gets going when you see people walking up and doing that right from the first set; I tend to cut people some slack when they are building up to a certain weight and want to challenge themselves, only to come up a little short on that final set, but there is no reason to do five or seven sets of 2-inch squats. Do me a favor and just stop. If you do not know how to do it or if you are going low enough, ask somebody or do a squat without weight, record yourself, and take a look for yourself. Once you know how far to go down, stick that into muscle memory. Heck, try box squats out – that is pretty helpful in most cases. It seems like I’m constantly seeing people use terrible form or simply will not go deep enough into the rep in order to “squat” a heavier weight; do me a favor – go deeper so I do not have to constantly shake my head… you know that my neck is getting sore from shaking it back and forth so much!
What If I Do Not Know The Proper Way To Squat?
Well, if I do not know something, I ask somebody who does. This applies to everything in life. Not asking is the worst thing you can do – don’t make it a pride issue. With the advancements in technology, we are provided with a great deal of How-To videos and articles about squatting and properly doing other fitness routines. I recommend doing a little research and learn from the professionals. Of course, I’d tell you to be sure to vet the source [the Internet can be filled with imitators who do not truly know what they are talking about], so check into a few reliable sources on YouTube and other online channels. Then, it is time to practice. If you’ve been using the wrong technique and form for a while now, it will be a tough habit to break; trust me, I know from personal experience. So, be sure to do a lot of reps under the supervision of people who know [and record yourself for improved feedback and learning] – it will take quite a few reps to get it feel for it, so what are you waiting for?