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Old 03-27-2006, 10:33 PM   #1
Daniel Malkiel
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During today's WOD I had to stop doing front squats due to a sharp pain in my lower back. This is not the first time this has happened. I don't have this problem when doing OHS or back squats. Anybody know what might be causing the problem?

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Old 03-28-2006, 03:26 AM   #2
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Do your upper arms remain parallel to the floor, with elbows pointing forward during the entire motion? Or do the elbows drop down some?
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Old 03-28-2006, 10:18 AM   #3
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I'm not sure...I do have a hard time keeping the bar in a comfortable position, though. I've tried lots of different grips, nothing seems to work.
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Old 03-28-2006, 02:04 PM   #4
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Try to squat with a mirror on your side, so you can have a look at your form from the side in the bottom position.
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-How far down you go. Your hills should be pretty much touching the back of your feet if your flexibility is good.
-The position of your chest. It should be sticking out in order to maintain the bar above the middle of your feet.
-The position of your elbows like Chris said.
Also try to inhale in the bottom position, hold your breath and push out with your stomach on the way up to allow your lungs to push against the spine and support it. Breath ou in the top position. By doing so your gut should be sticking out in the bottom position.
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Old 03-28-2006, 02:18 PM   #5
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I was just asking because if my elbows drop I'm more likely to lose the natural arch in my lower back. A rounded back is a very bad thing when squatting.
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Old 03-28-2006, 02:50 PM   #6
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Hey, Dan, good to hear from you.

How new are you to the front squat? I know you've been back squatting well for a while. The more back squats I do, the more I have a tendency to try to drive out of the front squat with my low back/hams rather than with my glutes/legs. When this happens, I lean forward just a bit too much--not enough that my back rounds, but enough that I'm in more of a back squat position, not as bolt upright as a good front squat. Does this ring a bell, or do you think it's something else?
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Old 03-29-2006, 12:04 AM   #7
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Guys,

Thanks for the tips. I think you're right Ross -- I do tend to tip forward a bit sometimes at the bottom of the front squat. I'll give Chris and Paul's advice a shot and see if I can't correct it.
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