As I venture back into strength training, I'm wondering if barbell squats are evolutionary possible at the weights most strength athletes perform them? Grok didn't have a power rack but he did haul meat. Should we only lift what we can: pick up,drag, push (ex rocks and trees)?
past experience: couldn't lift 100lb punching bag from flat ground to shoulder, but could squat 200lbs in a cage.
Many will say to work on rows and deadlifts to strength the low back, but my question is wouldn't it be safer/more natural to lift what we can without assistance?
I include barbell back squats in my strength training program on a weekly basis. I do them heavy and I think that they offer a valuable component to a strength program. That being said, I respect Steve Maxwell a ton and he wrote an article on the barbell back squat and how necessary it may be for some people/athletes. It's a short article with some great points and worth consideration.
Do a goblet squat. I suspect that it mimics natural lifting movement more than back squats. It seems more natural to me that someone would lift something from the ground, hold the object close to their chest, and then squat up if needed to move the object to a higher space. I tried many variations of the back squat (ass to grass, raised heels, etc...), but it never felt right with my back. Since adopting the goblet squat as my main leg exercise my back has not had any problems. I focus on doing higher reps since the weight will not be close to what you could do with a back squat. It also depends on your gym. I'm using 100 lb dumbbell now, and they max out at 125 lbs.