OKAY tldr; use your glutes and posterior chain for squats, buttwink and ankle mobility, and being fatter is nice for my bench.
Tfw different moods for different exercises and stuff
Squats: High bar 315x2x1 with hip circle, low bar 1x1 without
365x1 RPE light (LB)
275x2 RPE 9.5(?)
265x3 RPE something
245x6 RPE 9
NOW. I messed around a lot today, and I realized a few interesting things.
I warmed up for squats with a hip circle today to encourage posterior chain activation (mostly focusing on glutes), and it felt SO much better out of the hole... I could feel them being worked and I realized just how weak my glutes were (not surprised I mean I don't even have glutes), and it's exciting because of how good it felt when I properly engaged them.
Not only that, I decided to do something about my buttwink (it's very slight but still there), and tried squatting while consciously applying proper front-side bracing. For high bar, I noticed that because I was keeping my torso extremely upright during my set of 275, my knees had to travel further forward and I could feel a massive stretch in my calves/ankles. Now to address this, I could lean a bit more forward and try to maintain my torso rigidity and bracing so my knees don't have to travel so far and my patellar tendons don't get rekt in the future.
I'm thinking of making a video on front side bracing for squats and whatnot because I think too many people think breathing and bracing are the same thing.
Anyway, I'd like to analyze these videos more in depth later and upload to YouTube some time this week (inb4 uploads next year).
Bench did me dirty for the past almost 2 years, being stuck at 275 at 150 ish bw, but now that I'm actually trying hard to bulk, I feel so much stronger and just more massive for my size at 156/157 right now... I'm gunning for that 315 bench come June at the @barbellbrigade meet hahaha I want to maintain my stride and do a legit water cut for Worlds in November down to the 148s, but for this meet in late June I'm just gonna walk in at probably 160 bw and do my first meet in the 165s for fun.
If you read all this ily. Like really 😂