If you have a safety bar I would suggest trying hatfield Squats.I’m not quite in the over 40 club but I’m just curious how many of you gave up squatting? I’ve been having some troubles in the past 2 years with my upper back/shoulders and just holding the fucking bar on my back kills me.
I’m debating on going to physical therapy to see if they can help me or if I should just chalk it up as “fuck it, I’m getting too old for this”. I still have strong legs and can leg press a house, but squatting 405 is damn difficult for my upper body. What’s everyone’s thoughts?
I am 62 and I still squat...last week I squatted 225x10 for 3 sets...my friend had both knees replaced 10 years ago and still squats up to 400 pounds and is 67...
Should have him watch Dave Tates stuff on YouTube.He is aware he is going to destroy both replacements but he has that powerlifter mentality of never quitting...
Never stop squatting even if its with 135lbs on a smith machine, you need to keep conditioned and squats are excellent fro total body conditioning ... at the very least use a foam roller against the wall and hold some bands or use DB for some resistance... think outside the box with me here. also stretch the hips and those glutes often.
Inspiring, REHH. I hope you are well.51 and still straight bar squatting with lots of health problems, arthritis and past injuries. Progressively going down hill tho, 405 a few years, 315 up until recently. Probably drop to 225 in near future. Just too many health problems to continue with heavy weight.
I don’t even use free weights anymore, machines only. Here is a tidbit, Phil Heath while winning the Mr. O’s said he trained 90% on machines.
So it looks like the consensus is, when you start getting weaker you ditch stuff so you can use more weight on a machine......
Nobody sees the irony in this?
Well, it is a matter of getting weaker.It isn't a matter of getting weaker. Its a matter of getting smarter with older age. I don't think that was a fair statement.