Help with increasing squat strength/endurance pleeease
- 10-15-2012, 03:35 PM
Ok so I have a bum knee (multiple surgeries) and have had many pulled muscles in legs.
That aside my squats have always struggled. Currently can squat 335x5 (roughly)
Idk if others have this problem but when doing lighter weight for more reps, I cannot. At all. Like 225x8 and I'm about to die.. Out of breathe/back and legs gassed
Now that aside too, can someone name a good routine for helping leg strength. I also play rugby in season so running I know will hurt gains... I just want to be good at leg lifts!
Oh and deadlift is probably only 415 due to recent fed up hamstring
- 10-15-2012, 03:39 PM
And current program has been;
Squats: 135x12 185x8 225x6 275x5 315x3 335x5
Deadlift: 225x5 275x5 315x5 365x5 405x3
Also do good mornings/sldl, lunges.
Also do a dynamic leg day/power day of snatches/cleans/box jumps/Nordic hammy exercises/ball bridges/sometimes front squats, and want to add box squats
- 10-15-2012, 03:52 PM
Chances are that your technique is not optimal.M.Ed. Ex Phys
10-15-2012, 04:09 PM
Some short, intense cardio sessions may help.
10-15-2012, 04:50 PM
This, and Prilepins's table is your friend. How about 3 warmups at 40, 50 and 60%, then into 5x5 starting at ~80% of 1rm increasing each week staying at the optimal reps Prilepin outlines?Originally Posted by Rodja
Programming son, programming. don't be married to reps of 12, 10, 8 etc...
10-15-2012, 04:54 PM
10-16-2012, 01:59 PM
Really like this, I'm gonna give it a shot for my bench/squats coming up. The 3 warm ups how many reps do you recommend ?Originally Posted by napalm
10-16-2012, 02:00 PM
Well I know my form is not terrible. Worked out in an athletic performance center with pro coaches.. I've always just had problems with my legs via injuries and its just so hard to progressOriginally Posted by Rodja
10-16-2012, 04:01 PM
10-16-2012, 04:53 PM
This x100. Any coach that allows you to constantly become injured is either not paying attention or missing huge flaws in techniqueOriginally Posted by Rodja
10-16-2012, 06:16 PM
the point is that you need to take a good look at your program. it has to allow for both progression and recovery. all we know about you and your your training is that you got bum knees and you do 'x sets for x reps on x exercise, and i do a bunch of these.' is that the set/rep scheme you do all the time? how long did it take you to build up to that? what are your goals for your next training cycle?
the various 5x5 programs out there are a start, but unless you allow for some time off after each 8-9 week cycle you'll burn out on them. look into wsfsb, 5/3/1, phat or any other proven program that suits your goals.
don't discard what rodja said about technique. what kind of pro coaches did you work with? if they were pros, they would have had you on a program incorporating progression, recovery and conditioning. imo, everyone should always be working on technique no matter what level. just because some you worked with some pro coach doesn't mean you don't have some weak points that should be addressed.
10-16-2012, 06:25 PM
What were the injurys and what were they from? Everyone is assuming you were injured from lifting but that may not be the case.
10-16-2012, 08:04 PM
3 knee surgeries, torn hamstring, 2 torn quad muscles, 1 shoulder surgery. All from playing rugby, none directly from lifting.Originally Posted by boogyman
I was doing wS4sb III for a while.
The coaches were our college sports trainers, one almost made the Olympic lifting team. They knew their stuff and I don't think the lifting directly caused my injuries. Ever since I first tore my acl and they used my hammy as a graph it's been downhill leg wise.
If I stopped squatting I would be able to do 275x5 probably without training so now I'm at 335x5 not a huge jump for consistently training legs for ~5 months (had a break due to another knee surgery)
10-16-2012, 08:17 PM
i'd give 5/3/1 a go, compared w the rest of the options it has probably the least volume which would be easier on the joints.
maybe cut out some of the compound assistance movements, you're pounding the fck out of yourself - which you get enough of playing rugby.
think training economy...
10-16-2012, 08:44 PM
That does make sense, I think I will try 5/3/1. I have a friend doing it and he loves it. I never really deload so following that program to a T I may not keep killing myself..Originally Posted by napalm
Gotta pound it in my head to pick a reasonable starting point.. I always think I'm better then I really am haha , discourage myself from the start
10-17-2012, 08:09 AM
Here's the damn elephant in the room:
Video of your squat technique.
M.Ed. Ex Phys
10-17-2012, 10:17 AM
I'm gonna try and get in and do dl today, I'll see if I can throw on like 275 and get a squat video up.Originally Posted by Rodja
Just had conditioning this morning so legs are kinda shot
10-17-2012, 10:46 AM
10-17-2012, 11:28 AM
I have the new under armour spine shoes. They are running shoes, but I love them for liftingOriginally Posted by Rodja
10-17-2012, 12:00 PM
10-17-2012, 12:20 PM
What kind of shoes have flat soles? Training shoes or does it have to be specific lifting shoes?Originally Posted by Rodja
I used training shoes when I lifted with them, they were Nike's but cannot remember the style
10-17-2012, 12:24 PM
10-17-2012, 12:29 PM
I haven't heard of chucks?Originally Posted by Rodja
They were like combine training shoes of some sort, not like the flimsy sparqs ones but meant more towards lifting. If I remember I think the sole was pretty flat on them.
10-17-2012, 12:31 PM
10-17-2012, 12:46 PM
As in like converse?Originally Posted by Rodja
Similar to these shoes not as much tread on bottom though
10-17-2012, 01:02 PM
10-17-2012, 01:56 PM
Ok I'll have to look into something better, with all the leg problems I have I probably should start with the right footwearOriginally Posted by Rodja
10-17-2012, 03:12 PM
I am no pro... But, you need flat sole shoes and by chucks I think he ment..
Old school converse for $35-40 bucks. Flat, little to no grip or cushion inside. Almost like being barefoot. Or even crap skippies (tennis shoes) that you used to see in the 80-90's flicks/tv shows. If you look at the first rocky movie he's running around and training in chucks.
10-17-2012, 03:16 PM
This show situation is blowin my mind! I always bought fancy expensive shoes... Looks like all I needed was some converses hahaOriginally Posted by garz
10-17-2012, 03:23 PM
Just my 2 cents... I do squats and deadlift's in a $5 pair of vans that are flat bottomed with a very thin sole, maybe 1/4 inch. I've had similar knee issues. Not rugby related, more-so genetics, but I've had knee surgery and just in general have ****ty knees. I've been doing 5/3/1 for about a year now and I love it. I had to check my ego and try to follow it very strictly but my lifts have all slowly but surely increased. Even my squats which I had pretty much given up on lol. Best of luck OP.
10-17-2012, 03:33 PM
Good luck, Mitch!
10-17-2012, 04:14 PM
Thank you all for the advice, I started 5/3/1 today and checked my ego for sure. Started 90% of my 90% 1RM for DL.
Side note: could not get a squat video done yet, but will try again and post
10-17-2012, 04:17 PM
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