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puny_ectomorph
01-31-2006, 06:21 AM
I'm still working on my power-style squat form (using a box). The other day I decided to load up to heavy (for me) weight and give it a shot.

I handled 210 pounds...the poundage I was previously stuck at for 5 reps in the olympic style...without a problem and loaded to 225. (Two plates a side...I'm finally getting somewhere!) I knocked out five reps nice and smoothly.

This morning I woke up and my lower back, while not in direct pain, is sore and stiff as a board; my hams and glutes, on the other hand, don't feel worked at all. I'm aware that soreness does not necessarily mean a muscle has been worked; however, as I had not been using my hams and glutes much in my olympic-style squats, I'd figure they'd feel something.

Since the soreness is primarily lower back, is it possible I'm having problems with my squat form? Or is this simply adaptation?

Thanks,
-puny-

KevinStarke
01-31-2006, 08:14 AM
Hmm... using the squat form the guys at my gym have taught me after box squats (which I did yesterday) I can definitelly feel it in my glutes and hams but my back feels fine aside from some slight tightness from the reverse hypers. It could be a problem with the way your sitting down on the box. Are you sitting real far back when you hit the box, could be leaning to foward.

Anthony
01-31-2006, 08:18 AM
Soreness means the muscle was worked (otherwise why would it be sore?), but it does NOT mean you made progress. More weight on the bar means you made progress.

Anyway, if it's a dull tight soreness, it's not much to worry about. It could be your form, it could be over worked from a previous workout, etc. Record your sets and review yourself, or have someone watch you.

KevinStarke
01-31-2006, 08:26 AM
Chest out, look at the sky!

MixmasterNash
01-31-2006, 08:29 AM
Transitioning from oly. to power style squatting will require more lower back involvement! No surprises there, so just keep working and conditioning your erectors.

Sensei
01-31-2006, 10:27 AM
Yes. Widening your stance and sitting back (with or without the box) will mean more forward lean and more lower back.

You might have form issues or your lower back just needs time and training. Make sure that you aren't leaning forward excessively or losing core tightness on the box.