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Old 10-10-2008, 07:56 PM   #1
George Nesrallah
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Squatting trouble

Hi all. I am going to train tomorrow and I want to get my form as good as possible on my squats+(and everything else). I was in the gym today working on them for about 2 hours, and everything seems okay except for one major problem.

When I squat it doesn't seem I have enough flexibility in my heels/calves to avoid going on my tip toes. Is there anything I can do for this (i.e. raises under my feet, specific stretches for this area, squat subs, etc...).

Thanks very much everyone.
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Old 10-10-2008, 07:59 PM   #2
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Re: Squatting trouble

Sorry. I forgot to mention that no weight squats do not give me trouble with this are; only when I add weight. Not sure why. I may see if I can get one of the competitve olympic lifters to give a look see to my form if they have time.
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Old 10-11-2008, 12:45 AM   #3
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Re: Squatting trouble

Post a video of yourself squatting.
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Old 10-11-2008, 04:50 AM   #4
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Re: Squatting trouble

Hey George,

There is a wonderful video on AgainFaster.com that shows three different stretches to help someone develop the flexibility for the squat. Let me find it...

Found it: http://www.againfaster.com/the-micd-...the-squat.html (w/f/s)

Jon Gilson is the man, and that website has some great teaching videos.

Hope that helps with your flexibility (the downward facing dog stretch is right up your alley).
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Old 10-11-2008, 08:34 AM   #5
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Re: Squatting trouble

If you aren't pushing your knees apart at the bottom, you might be limiting you range of motion as well.
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Old 10-11-2008, 01:35 PM   #6
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Re: Squatting trouble

Without wearing weighlifting shoes with the elevated heel, it is going to be very hard to have a mature squat if you go much below parallel. I am guessing you are doing a high bar squat, because if you're doing a low bar squat, that video will not help you too much.

You can do the yoga stretch in the video, or you can get in the bottom of the squat position and put pressure on one ankle at a time to stretch it out. You should also stretch out your hamstrings with the good morning stretch until you have adequate hamstring flexibility.

The other two things shown in the video are excellent for helping you to build the stability in the more upright position.
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