I'm making some progress on squat form, I think. Doing box squats today on my up-side-down bucket was helpful. When I came down on the bucket I could really feel where I was on it. The points you guys have been making really made a difference in how far back I was when I came down.
I tweaked by back again today just by walking across the floor. So walking across floors goes on my list of things to stop doing!
Seriously, I've been wondering if the back stuff is just arthritis, and has very little to do with what particular exercise I do. In a slow moment in the next few days, I'll get the an x-ray of my lower back (there are advantages to this job--I can walk into the x-ray room and say "get an L-spine for me" and they do it, 5 minutes max, staff are free), to see if there are any indications.
I really wish we had a ham-glute raise. Maybe we could build one.
This applies more to Sam, but after not being able to work out today, he came home at 10:30 this evening, and asked if I'd go up to the wt. room and spot so he cold do his heavy bench! Of course he wouldn't want to miss heavy bench day. He said he felt really good, and insisted on trying for a max (215). He actually got it higher off his chest than last time, but didn't make it. Then he went ahead and did the planned sets of 3 up to 180 and a single 190. He'll go in tomorrow and do the rest of today's workout, then on Friday he leaves for his week in the village. He'll probably end up working pretty hard there, as he is going to try to act just as he would if he were an 18 year-old kid living there. So he'll have to cut and carry firewood, etc. I think it will be good for him to spend a week away from the wt. room.