“How can I master the squat? Or the bench? Listen, all I want to do is put more weight on the bar and get stronger in the process.”
I hear you, and there are plenty of ways we can do the above – it just depends on each person’s biomechanics, training level, and previous injury level if any. We could row and shrug to get a bigger upper back (wouldn’t hurt for any of the above), do pause reps when we can, and do some speed reps, among a host of other ways of adding numbers to the bar.
However, it should be emphasized that these approaches to increasing pounds on the bar are secondary to the internal techniques that should reign supreme when talking about gaining “strength” and mastering a movement.
Enjoy mastery of any movement with these simple techniques.
Minimize your exercise selection, along with managing fatigue.
Maximize local and global tension used when performing any movement.
Increase your frequency to “grease the groove.”