Last summer, I had a meathead's equivalent of a "come-to-Jesus" moment. It occurred while back squatting, and I can even tell you the day - July 10, 2016.
I can also tell you the weight and rep scheme (300 lbs for sets of 5) thanks to my meticulous record keeping. That weight is important, because it's where all my secret compensations started to show. I reviewed the video of my squats and saw that my butt was winking, my hips were shifting laterally, and my left knee continually caved in as I came out of the hole. Angry and frustrated, I yelled the title of this post but substituted one specific word (sorry Mom!).
After some introspection, I calmed down. Why was I doing this exercise? Was it helping my goals? Was I seeing gainz? Or was it throwing me deeper into my compensations and developing new ones?
The answers were don't know, no, no, and probably yes. The only reason I was back squatting was for vanity. It boosted my ego to see myself squatting heavy(ish) weights, and I thought I was more advanced than I was. I decided I needed to take it down a notch and work on my squat pattern. But a funny thing happened shortly after - I fell in love with the two kettlebell front squat.