Hi guys, I have a question(s) and I would appreciate opinions from everyone that squats.
It has been more than a month since I started doing Squats and I started with very small weight, 25 lb plates, and now I am using 45 lb plates. My question is, how do I recover faster from the "blast" it puts on your body? I say this because I have NEVER felt so tired in the lower body area as I am feeling when I squat. I used to do leg presses and those machines, but now that I squat, it really feels crazy on my legs. I try to rest well, eat well and alot, and sleep my 8 hours. I Squat Monday, Wednesday, and Saturdays. I also work in an office, so I spend most of my time sitting down and when I get up, my legs don't really feel "sore", but "drained". Anything that I could do to aliviate the "fatigue" on the legs? Is it just a matter of getting used to it? Or "I haven't seen nothing yet hahaha"?
I do 4 sets of 8-9 (Almost never 10)
Another question, is it a good idea to start using a belt when I get to 2 45lb plates? A big guy at the gym helped me out with my form and a lot of tips to squat and he mentioned that even with 45 + 25 plates start using a belt because I could get hurt really bad.
I will really appreciate anything that I should know when squating. I am getting the form down little by little and increasing 5 lbs every week.