Tomorrow is leg day and once again I'm going to battle squats. For months and months I've been doing this, and still can't figure it out. No matter how hard I try, or what I do, I don't feel squats. It's like doing 4 sets of curls and having no bicep pump or feeling what so ever. Imagine how strange that would be, and that's basically how I feel after squatting.
I go to parallel, I go below parallel. I've tried wider stance, narrower stance. I've used extremely light weight, I've used heavier weight. I stretch, I do whatever I can think of, and still, nothing. I can't really progress on squats either. I've been stuck on the same (little) weight for a while. And it seems just as hard to do at that same weight every time. It's like I'm doing the squat, with the perfect motion, with the perfect form, going all the way down, but using everything possible EXCEPT my quads. I am sooooo pissed off at this exercise.
It's like I'm doing squats without using my quads. It's like my knees, or my ass, or stabilizer muscles or something, is doing the lift. I have no pump or soreness anywhere after squats. Actually, near my knees at like the lowest possible part of my thigh before the knee, that is sometimes where I feel something. I know that soreness isn't an indicator of blah blah blah, but I feel nothing in my quads when doing it, and nothing after doing it. That shouldn't be. The only thing I feel after squats is tired. REALLY tired. Like almost too tired. Now that I think about it, I might understand why I feel like this. It's because I just did squats without the aid of my quads. It's like I used everything else in my body to do a lift that mainly requires a muscle that I somehow didn't use. Make any sense to anyone?
It has been months like this, and I have tried literally everything. Every type of stance, depth, weight, etc. and still nothing. Here are some of my last remaining guesses:
Flexibility... I can kick over my head, or your head, and I stretch every day, but I still can't touch my toes. No male in my family can. Could this be the problem?
Lower Back... I never did direct lower back work until 3 weeks ago. I started stiff legged deadlifts. Could this be the problem?
Other than that, I have no idea what my problem is. Every other lift is perfectly fine, I feel the muscle doing the lift, I get a pump, I get sore, I progress, I get bigger. Squats have been the total opposite. I squat with perfect form and feel nothing in my quads. It's like a ****in magic trick. WTF??
Thanks in advance.