Another less crazy option is to just do a couple of sets of squats every time you are in the gym. Gives you the feel for squatting and can help get some of the muscles firing correctly. Oh and sets would want to be mildly heavy, say 70%. Something that doesn't require too much warmup time and eat into recovery but heavy enough to stimulate everything.
Funny how little things can make a big difference.
I just got my first PL belt for Christmas. I've used small, skinny leather "weightlifting belts" before but I stopped using them long ago. Until now, I always trained without a belt. This year, for my meet I ordered a standard PL belt from Inzer. Great belt! Tons of support, really made a difference in my squats, except......
I think it's too big. I ordered size M, 30-38. Usually I can fit into any pants smaller than 32, so I figured this would be fine, and yet I it doesn't seem very snug.
How tight should a belt be? Maybe I'm wearing it too high. Above the hips, partially covering the belly button?
I was planning on taking to a shop tomorrow and getting another set of holes punched. Good idea, bad idea?
Got more holes punched in my belt, it fits like a dream now.
Ok, just 3 more weeks to go.
One month out a ran a tentative "test" day and hit the numbers below
at about 150 pounds.
Squat: 275x1, felt pretty light. On track to hit 300 or more at meet.
Bench: 250x1, also light, easily could've been a double or triple.
Deadlift: 285x2, using an extra-wide sumo stance for the first time. (feet almost touching the bar) felt very good.
There it is.
I'm thinking of this for the meet:
Squat: 250, 275, go for broke
Bench: 240, 255, go for broke
Dead: 275, 300, go for broke
I'm aiming for an 850+ total. That would make me a CLASS II raw lifter.
One thing I know I did wrong and it's too late to correct is the weight loss. Wendler has mentioned in articles a beginner should NOT worry about making weight and I think I fucked myself out of an easy 25 pounds on some lifts by dropping over 10 pounds. Next time, fuck it. I'll just compete at 165.
Bench 235, dead 315, and squat 285 (and if you can't tell from the avi, I live for ass to grass squats) So we're pretty close in lifts. Maybe we could have a work out someday.