You love group classes, the energy, the camaraderie, the fun!! but you want to perform better and your relatively weak squat isn’t getting better from non-specific training.
This, or something similar, is true for most of us. Maybe for you, it’s not squats, but snatch, or pullups, or rowing, or… fill in the blank. There is one thing in the gym that jumps out regularly as a limiting factor, but you don’t get to work on it because it only comes up frequently enough for you to remember how much it sucks!!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Here’s an interesting thing. When you just start working out, doing anything will improve everything. Going for a run will increase your back squat and vice versa. Unfortunately, this becomes less and less the case the fitter you get. Eventually, specific targeted work is the best way to improve.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Personal programming can be very useful here. Everyone is different and unique. Once we have done functional fitness group classes for a while and had our individual weaknesses highlighted and exposed we need to make a decision. Do we continue doing what we were doing and just hope that our weakness will miraculously improve, or do we put in targeted and specific work where we need it the most?