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Old 05-22-2009, 02:36 AM   #11
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Re: Squatting Below Parallel

Hey Kevin,

I'm in exactly the same boat.

For one, can I say I admire your initial approach. It's easy to try and do too much in your first workouts, and you have found a fun way to begin to develop a foundational movement!

For two, the other guys are probably right. My partner and I work because I treat her as an equal and answer all of her questions being very careful (very, very, very, very careful) not to sound patronizing, insensitive, overly encouraging, or under encouraging

But I must say, she's gone from not being able to squat more then 3 to 4 inches without form breakdown, to a near parallel squat in a month.

If you've gone down this road brother, good luck to you, I hope it works out!
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Old 05-22-2009, 08:00 AM   #12
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Re: Squatting Below Parallel

Trust is HUGE.

A few years ago I was training at a gym called LifeForce in Pittsburgh. They were helping me work on my suited squat form and I felt hilariously unstable. I couldn't hit parallel because trying to push back into the suit felt like I was going to tip over backwards, so I kept accidentally letting my knees drift forward, a HUGE no no for canvas squatting.

What got me to do it was the guy saying "listen dude, there's three spotters here, if you fall backwards IT'S OKAY, we'll catch you." Now with some more confidence and knowing that if I tipped over I'd be all right, I was able to push back into the thing and bingo bango I started to be able to do it.

Point is, if you get your girl to understand that she can just go for it, because if she starts to fall you're right there to keep her from getting hurt, she'll be more confident in dropping the whole way and thus will manage to hit the squat sooner.
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Old 05-24-2009, 11:47 AM   #13
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Re: Squatting Below Parallel

You could try as hard as you might but your probably better off getting her a training session with a good coach with whom she has no prior history.....as opposed to you.
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Old 05-24-2009, 03:52 PM   #14
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Re: Squatting Below Parallel

i thought we were only supposed to squat to parallel not below it? can anyone tell me if i've got this wrong?
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Old 05-24-2009, 04:39 PM   #15
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i thought we were only supposed to squat to parallel not below it? can anyone tell me if i've got this wrong?
if your squatting to improve your Olympic lifts you need to squat A2A,if not then parallel is fine.
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Old 05-24-2009, 07:07 PM   #16
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Re: Squatting Below Parallel

The crease of the hip should go below your knees, so the top of your thighs will be roughly parallel to the ground. If you can go deeper, it'll help transfer over to Oly lifts, as Eric just noted. The limiting factor for most people's depth will be hamstring flexibility--if your flexibility is bad, you'll lose lumbar curve long before you reach parallel.
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Old 05-29-2009, 11:23 AM   #17
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Re: Squatting Below Parallel

You know what sucks about that particular detail of the inflexible hamstrings being guilty of not letting you squat to parallel (or beyond) without losing the arch? That I have never tried to actually stretch the hammies a lot before squatting since supossedly stretching before strength training isn't a good idea...
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Old 05-29-2009, 11:31 AM   #18
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supossedly stretching before strength training isn't a good idea...
what?ive never heard that one before.
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Old 05-29-2009, 12:26 PM   #19
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what?ive never heard that one before.
Dynamic stretching is good. Air squats, leg swings, broomstick OHS, etc. Static stretching, aka sit and reach or variants thereof, has been shown to decrease strength.
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Old 05-29-2009, 12:36 PM   #20
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Dynamic stretching is good. Air squats, leg swings, broomstick OHS, etc. Static stretching, aka sit and reach or variants thereof, has been shown to decrease strength.
good thing i read this board.i would have never guessed that.
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