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All time squat pr for @justdmyers, with 545lbs. at rpe "give me more weight". in the above video we have 480lbs. from just two months ago on the left, and then on the right the 545lb. pr from this week. all came down to some fairly minor technique changes that made justin's squat so much more efficient. he is built to squat, so the strength and mechanics were there, we just needed to perfect it.
justin competes in strongman, but we have made it a priority this offseason to focus mainly on static strength, as for him to be competitive at the national level he needs to be stronger. no amount of technique improvement on strongman implements can make up for just not having the strength, which is something that is becoming more mainstream as we see guys like thor, eddie hall, and brian shaw lifting world record-type weights in the gym. even though squat is not usually an event in strongman, justin seems to get a good transfer of training from his squat improvements to his deadlift, and it tends to be easier on his back, so we have been using the last 3 months to really build up his squat before putting that on maintenance and going back to more deadlift specific training. this is not always the case, but for someone like justin who has been lifting for years and pushed his strength levels fairly high for his genetic capability, sometimes a more singular focus is needed. pushing both squat and deadlift, especially with his history of back issues as well, probably would result in injury, so we have to periodize volume and intensity based on the relative timing to competition. farther out from competition we are prioritizing squat, but as we move closer to his competitive season we will start to shift some of the volume and intensity to drive his deadlift up.