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Old 07-22-2013, 03:14 PM   #3
Al Chu
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Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Toronto  ON
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Re: Squat causing back pains

Originally Posted by Robert Fabsik View Post
One possible cause is that when you start to come up you lean a little farther forward and your hips pop up first. This puts a lot of strain on your low back. Your last rep illustrated this best (almost a mini goodmorning).

Part of this may be caused by the way you start. It looks like your upper back is pushed/hunched forward from the start. Try brining your elbows down more, that may help you keep your chest and upper body more upright so you don't torque the low back in the lower part of your squat.

Also to help you stay upright, fill your abdomen and lower back with air and lock them in place. Sometimes when squats seem impossible it's because I wasn't forcing my abs out. On the next set when I lock them in place, they seem much easier.

I think it would be unlikely to find a high quality belt locally, usually you have to order one. Inzer, Roque and Elite are some places to check out online.

Finally, if your goal is to squat to parallel you need to go deeper, you appear high to me.

Keep up the good work.
Thanks for the advice, I'll definitely take a deload and work on my form. Any advice on how I can raise my shoulders and hips up at the same time without it seeming like I'm raising my chest up and not hips because I've always thought I had to drive my hips up. I also try to go lower but I lack the flexibility to do so, if I go any lower I can feel my back rounding really badly and my knees start to cave in. I'm doing some stretches for it.

Last edited by Al Chu; 07-22-2013 at 03:20 PM..
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