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Old 02-28-2004, 09:31 PM   #1
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I have always had problems squatting deep. With no weight, I squat down a little, then fall backwards. I can go deeper with a very wide stance. I used to think the problem was inflexability, but I have stretched with little benefit. Is it possible that the problem is muscle inbalance? I weigh 165, and I can deadlift 350, but I struggle squatting 250. That doesn't seem right to me...

What's problem, and how do I fix it?!? I want to o-lift, but I need to learn to squat deep with a narrow stance first!
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Old 02-29-2004, 04:34 AM   #2
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I have that problem too, but it relates to my height (probably some flexibility issues too). I'm 6'4"+ with long legs, subsequently I have to lean forward significantly as I move down through the squat to keep my combined centre of gravity (mine + bar) over my feet. If I don't, I'll crash land.
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Old 02-29-2004, 10:49 AM   #3
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Hmmm... I'm only 5'8", but I think my legs are long relative to my torso.
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Old 02-29-2004, 01:27 PM   #4
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I can deadlift 335 but can only olympic squat in the low 200's. It might have a lot to do with how you're built, but don't let that be an excuse not to work hard on it.
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Old 02-29-2004, 03:24 PM   #5
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All of my squatting got better when I got better groin flexibility. I would practice normal air-squats, going down ALL the way.

As silly as this video is, it was of help to me (in an odd and completely unrelated way to what it was intended):

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Old 02-29-2004, 04:08 PM   #6
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I was doing back squats today and my form has already improved greatly. All I have been doing is trying to go as low as I can on air squats, and do warmup with OH Squats. Even though I can't get very low doing OH yet, I feel they help. I also warmed up with front squats today, which are much easier for me to keep my back straight, and getting the feel for sitting between my legs. I can already go past parallel slightly, I was previously unable to even get parallel.
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Old 03-04-2004, 09:31 AM   #7
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could also be ankle and hip flexibility. You could try more of a powerlifting type squat by bending forward at the waist and reaching back with your hips (imagine a squat/good morning combo). Or hold a light (10 lb) weight out in front of you to counter balance. Just from watching people in the gym i don't think anyone stays within the strictest definition of "olympic squats" or "powerlifting squats" because everyone's build is unique to them. Once you find your groove expect to improve steadily.
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Old 03-04-2004, 03:12 PM   #8
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Learn to squat deep W/O weight if you can. The additional weight can sometimes facilitate the stretching. I would add this to your warm ups (CFJ April '03?) and chip away at it.
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