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    Default Squats - some muscles sore, others nothing

    Beginner here starting with stronglifts 5x5 -

    Squatted 85lbs last night (could only do 5/4/3/0/0 (goal was 5 squats; 5 times)); that's fine, next round will be better. My question is why only my front quads are sore as heck (sore only when touching them or simple squatting in daily activities, not when walking or not in use). No other muscles in my legs, including my rear quads/hamstrings/glutes or back, are sore in the least - like nothing was done.

    From a physical pov, what would cause only the front quads to be sore - incorrect form? those are the weakest for me? those are used the most in squats?

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    Welcome to RX!

    Quads-only soreness might have to do with bar placement. In a high bar squat, the quads are the dominant muscle group whereas in low bar placement the hams and glutes do more of the work.

    There's absolutely nothing wrong with either bar placement OR that only your quads are sore. If want to feel more in your hams, you could add a ham-dominant exercise like some lying leg curls or stiff-legged deadlifts near the end of your workout.
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    I say reduce the weight to a number you can get your reps with and squat away.Don't worry about soreness just do good reps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunnyday View Post
    Welcome to RX!

    Quads-only soreness might have to do with bar placement. In a high bar squat, the quads are the dominant muscle group whereas in low bar placement the hams and glutes do more of the work.

    There's absolutely nothing wrong with either bar placement OR that only your quads are sore. If want to feel more in your hams, you could add a ham-dominant exercise like some lying leg curls or stiff-legged deadlifts near the end of your workout.
    yeah...good advice Baby... stiff deads are king for hammies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cook View Post
    I say reduce the weight to a number you can get your reps with and squat away.Don't worry about soreness just do good reps.
    high reps for squats bring more growth for me. i never go under 10. 15 being normal. 5x5 & such Training is a waste of time for me just inviting injury & bad form & shallow squats. full reps & not fast will build legs. look at platz he squated high reps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stanlystud View Post
    high reps for squats bring more growth for me. i never go under 10. 15 being normal. 5x5 & such Training is a waste of time for me just inviting injury & bad form & shallow squats. full reps & not fast will build legs. look at platz he squated high reps.
    Exactly I see in the first post her reps were 5/4/3/0/0...so two sets were 0 reps.I assume that means she squatted down and couldn't get up.You won't build much muscle or last long that way.

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