More squats, more thoughts:

One Rep Max Squat

Only one rep max attempts interest me.

The buildup

Starting off with a lighter weight, sequentially adding a bit more weight (about increments of 25-pound increments on each side). This ‘primes’ your muscles to get readier for your heaviest weight.

Deadlifting 420 pounds (four 45-plates on each side, with a 2.5+5 pounder)