Goddamit you guys! This is borderline online bullying hahaha.
In all seriousness though I do get a pretty sore spine/shoulders when I don't use it.. Am I doing something wrong? :/
Hey dude, I didn't mean to offend, so sorry if it came across that way.
When you squat, is it high-bar or low-bar? When the bar is up high there might be a tendency to let it roll up on your spine, which does not give you happy vertebrae. With a lower bar position, it should be sitting on more muscle, giving it more natural padding. It all depends on the type of squatting you are doing. If you are going more Olympic, then the torso needs to be more upright and the bar should sit high. If you are powerlifting then the bar can sit a bit lower, although you will find that your body mechanics need to compensate for the bar position - the lower the bar the more difficult it will be to get past "parallel", but going full depth that way still closes the knee joint.
In either case, make sure that you squeeze your shoulders back to give the bar some meat to sit on. I find doing that also helps me keep my chest up and my back arched. If you aren't already doing mobility work, I highly recommend shoulder dislocations and squat-to-stands at the start of each workout.
Over time, with proper form, your body will adapt to the strain of the bar on your back.
Sorry if you already know all this and were looking for something else, but this is what I've got. Anything else on my part would be speculation and that's not worth a damn.
Keep it up!
My strength log
Mini Forklift Ⓥ wrote:
That's 200 solid ass-pounds! Good work buddy.
vegan_rossco, the ghost hunter wrote:
I can see how some people might mistake this as paranormal when really its just an example of your brain being an asshole