Ok ladies...I've just started the program, and am still working on my form for squats and bench press (just using the bar currently) and as expected I have a mild aches. However, I have noticed that one quad seems to be way worse off then the other, It has me very curious. do you think this is happening because I "default" to one leg for more power rather then pushing up evenly distributed? Could it be a form issue?, just using my naturally stronger side? any thoughts would be helpful!!
It could be a strength imbalance (meaning one leg is stronger than the other) or it could be a form issue. I personally haven't experienced this, so my guess is a "shot in the dark."0
Could be form or you have one leg weaker than the other...can you video your squats? Form issue might be easier to spot then.
I noticed I was favoring my left leg (which I know is weaker from two knee surgeries) and I would do a few one leg squats (not full squats, just half squats) to "wake up" my leg when I first started Stronglifts.0
My hubby was able to watch me and noted that I kind of lean to my right when I come up....so I'm thinking since I'm left side is dominant that my left is taking up the bulk of the work. I will definitely try to one leg squats, I was kind of thinking of trying something like that, but wasn't sure if it would have any benefit.....but I will give it a shot!0
They (probably) can't hurt!
It's ok to hang onto a wall or a pole for balance with the one legged squats. They aren't super easy for balance at first. And if you can't do a full squat, even a half squat may help. (Again, this is just IMO, but this worked for my muscle imbalances)0
Is your husband making sure the bar is balanced on your back right in the middle? Sometimes I have problems with the bar being a bit lopsided.0
I will have him double check next lift day Nancy...that thought never occurred to me either! Thanks!0