BeansNBroccoli wrote:My squats are definitely held back by my back being weaker than my quads/glutes. I also get a lot more nervous with weight on my back than I do just pulling, so I'm more likely to go heavier with a DL than I am with a squat because I train alone and never have a spotter. I'm also just finding that I really, really like to deadlift. If I do a leg press, though, I can get those numbers way further up. Just doesn't translate to the squat as much as I'd like. Oh well, safety first!
I think squats are a real mental exercise, almost as much as they are a physical one. You have to learn to recognise your fear, not let it intimidate you and then embrace it. I always get nervous on my final heavy sets, but I never back off. You shouldn't be afraid to go heavy but at the same time you should only attempt lifts that you know you are capable of getting (even it's going to take you right to the edge)!
Make use of the safety bars if you do your squatting in a rack, they're invaluable for those of us that train alone. They have saved me many times, just make sure you set them to the right height to catch the bar if you get stuck at the bottom