Well, when I get heavy on a squat, my knees cave in, because my body finds this to be naturally a more stable position to stand back up with a heavy weight on my back. However, my knees aren't too impressed.Wouter wrote:I don't know, I've always tried to keep my shoulders back and down.
But when the weight gets heavier (relatively),
my shoulders shrug up and it provides better stability for me and feels more natural.
Now that I know this, I'm not going to fight it anymore, might help getting a bigger bench?
When I go really heavy on DL, my lower back rounds, as my body..... you get the picture.... Not trying to be an a$$hole, just pointing out that your reasoning here may not be the best. Shrugging when it gets heavy is very common but you can train yourself out of it. If you watch an experienced lifter "fail", their form hardly changes at all. This is years of practising perfect technique combined with years of bringing up weak points. If you watch a beginner attempt to go heavy or even fail, their body morphs into something completely different before failure actually happens. This can seem silly but it's very significant.
The way I explain it is how I see it in my head - you have a whole bunch of muscles than can bench 100KG, and you have a whole bunch of muscles that struggle with 50KG. This is why you can bench 50KG quite well, but bench 60 horribly, and get stapled with 70. When you get to over 50KG, your technique changes because your body is trying to use the stronger muscles more. At first (beginners), need to focus on limiting how much they can lift in exchange for good technique. This essentially focuses on those weak muscles that can only bench 50 because you limit the load based on technique. By the time you get those muscles up to 100KG, your bench will go through the roof. It just takes consistent practice, patience, and time.
Sometimes it's a case of just not using other muscles effectively (technique). So, the strength is there, you're just not using it. This is when I see you and put 10KG on your bench in 20 minutes. Other times the strength isn't there and neither is the technique. This is when I see you and decrease your bench in 20 minutes, lol, but try my best to assure you that you'll be benching more in no time!