I do appreciate your checking, you're right, that's a direction I do not want to go in. First thing we talked about was my goals, which wasn't competition, but proper technique to be able to train more efficiently. I just knew I should be squatting higher than I do. The biggest change I felt was using my hips more. By the way, I did the 285 after I did 3x5x205. By comparison, my last squat set during this past week was 3x5x185. The 205 felt about the same as the 185 did.
I'm pretty sure they're SQUATS. He didn't widen my stance or make any major alterations. He got me leading with my hips before knees, which I thought I was doing, but wasn't. But the biggest thing was he got me past my sticking point, which is about a third of the way up. I tended to look down which put my upper body in a bad position. (A habit because of the mirrors at the gym I suppose) It really made a difference to look up, chest out, drive hips forward. It got me past the sticking point. He also suggested I try some pause squats with lighter weight as an accessory to see if it helps.
This is great timing. I just got home from learning how to squat!!!!! I found an area powerlifter and he invited me over to his garage for some squatting tips. I just squatted 285 about an hour ago, 20 pounds more than a few months ago!!! He tweaked my technique and gave me a lot of confidence. I'm so stoked right now. I'm going to write a program to focus on squats and see what happens.
That's good stuff. I definitely have some anterior pelvic tilt. And my mom is the worst...I'm still trying to get her to change the backwards assed routine that her PT gave her oh so long ago. Thanks for giving me those links
I did get it. One of my buddies has stopped by my house the past two days after the gym and asked me to stretch his hammies. The first day, he was very inflexible. The second day, he was a good bit more flexible. He said that because I was stretching him, his hamstrings weren't as short. I didn't think that was right, but he wouldn't want to hear the difference if I told him. People are funny.
From this article I learned that....my legs are short because they are not flexible and they have poor ROM.