Alright technically i was not supposed to lift for high reps today but i had a bug up my butt to do more than what i was doing on my back squat during hypertrophy. A little backround is, i am 6’9″ or 206cm. and the way i am built i am all legs. Finding my squat groove is a bit challenging. i have tried them all. wide stance low bar, narrow stand low bar, medium stance low bar, all while wearing flat shoes. then i also was trying all of the above mentioned with olympic shoes. For discus a high bar placement, medium stance, with olympic shoes is usually best and below parallel. Well i was doing this but realized numerous times i was not engaging my glutes or hamstrings as much as i should have been, it was pretty much all quad. AND it was hurting my knees cause i couldnt help but have my knees go forward of the toes by an uncomfortable amount.
Solution: For some reason i forgot that i was successful with my body using the low bar position with a regular stance and just at parallel. The thing that dawned on me while talking with Kate at the gym was the sheer physics of it. For the bar to stay centered over my body the hips have to go way back or the knees have to go very forward, or i could have both. Either way i am just not built for squatting since my legs are out of proportion and uber long. So i finally gave up my dream of squatting over 600lbs while expecting to keep my knees and back in tact to throw the discus. Am i saying squatting is dangerous? NO, i am saying squatting for me is a challenge, much like dunking for a little person is challenging. there are things in life i get to do for being huge, but squatting super heavy weights past parallel, driving sports cars, and fitting in anything that requires normal legs are not on my to-do list