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Old 04-11-2007, 07:03 AM   #1
Brian Todd Hassler
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Just watched the air squat video and had a question. It appears that when I squat near or past parallel my pelvis opens up and reduces the lumbar curve (not quite sure what they called it on the video), I am aware that I have tight hamstrings but is there any fixes besides flexibility or problems that I need to address to correct the issue? Thx for any help and by the way the video was hilarious.
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Old 04-11-2007, 10:07 AM   #2
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Sorry Brian I cant help you with your question, but I wanted to ask another related question without starting a new thread. In the video, one of the athletes' butts tucks under right as the thighs reach parallel. I have this problem and in the video it says maybe some squat therapy would help. What exactly is squat therapy? What stretches would you recommend for this?
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Old 04-11-2007, 10:53 AM   #3
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I have the same question as shane. I have some tightness in my hamstrings or hips that leads me to lose my lumbar curve as i get deep into the squat. my current plan is merely to put in lots of reps at a slow pace really concentrating on core tension and lumbar curve, but I'd love to hear a more methodological way to address this issue.
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Old 04-11-2007, 11:13 AM   #4
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That is most likely hamstring strength or flexibility. There are probably many good ways to address this. The simplest in my opinion is to regularly practice squats with an emphasis on working to a full range of motion. The other important thing is to strengthin the posterior chain. You may want to try squating whil holding onto a bar, or ledge etc, about nipple height to help you reach a better depth.
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Old 04-11-2007, 11:45 AM   #5
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Another way to work the hamstring/ankle flexibility and squat ROM is squatting, back against the wall and gradually squat deeper, attempting to squat your arse between your ankles.
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Old 04-11-2007, 12:13 PM   #6
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Look up "wall squat" on Google or on this board, that should help...
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Old 04-11-2007, 01:46 PM   #7
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I'm pretty sure there's a Journal article titles "Squat Therapy." The most common prescription? Overhead squats. And more cowbell.
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Old 04-12-2007, 12:31 AM   #8
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I know sometimes I just sink to the bottom and hold the position making sure my lumbar is keeping the arch and I'm on my heels. Part of the WU, another being doing the same in OHS position.
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Old 04-13-2007, 04:07 PM   #9
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"I'm tellin' ya, fellas, you're gonna want that cowbell."
"I've got a fever, and the only prescription, is more cowbell."

- Bruce Dickinson.

(I'm sorry, I couldn't resist.)

By the way, part of keeping that lumbar curve also involves lower back/posterior chain strength. OHS are a big help there, IMO. So are strict form good mornings with increasing weight. You need the strength to keep your back in that nice arch against your hamstrings' desire to pull your butt under at the bottom.
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Old 04-14-2007, 10:07 AM   #10
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December 2002 Crossfit Journal is perfect for this. It is what I am using now.
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