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Old 12-23-2013, 11:24 AM   #1
Lorenzo Sponzilli
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tighten leg during squat

hi, when I do heavy squat, I tighten legs. How can I solve this fact?
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Old 12-23-2013, 11:26 AM   #2
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Re: tighten leg during squat

What does this mean? I don't understand the problem.
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Old 12-23-2013, 09:09 PM   #3
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Re: tighten leg during squat

I mean I guess...
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Old 12-24-2013, 05:54 AM   #4
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Re: tighten leg during squat

I mean that, when I squat with a heavy weight, during the ascent phase I tighten my legs/close my legs. How can I solve it?
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Old 12-24-2013, 07:11 AM   #5
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Re: tighten leg during squat

Oh, your knees come in? Thats a complex issue, it could be a problem or it could be totally fine depending how it is happening. Do you have any video?
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Old 12-24-2013, 07:28 AM   #6
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Re: tighten leg during squat

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UA-bO...ature=youtu.be
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eIiu...ature=youtu.be
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Old 12-24-2013, 07:45 AM   #7
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Re: tighten leg during squat

Honestly, the knees dont bother me all that much. Others can feel free to disagree. I do however have a problem with your back. You have to stay much tighter, it looks like you are rounding over a lot. That will make you much more stable and might fix your knees too.
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Old 12-24-2013, 10:14 AM   #8
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Re: tighten leg during squat

I completely agree with Jeff. The knees are only coming in for a slight second and then returning out. This is actually a technique that is being taught and encouraged by many weightlifting coaches. Your body may just do it naturally.
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Old 12-29-2013, 11:42 AM   #9
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Re: tighten leg during squat

You have to consciously not allow it to occur. I also think you need to totally alter your squat form. Your knees are driving too far forward thus placing a lot of stress on them. You need to work on sitting back a bit when you squat.
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Old 01-06-2014, 02:30 PM   #10
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Re: tighten leg during squat

I would encourage you to break the habit of pronating your knees (or tightening your legs, as you say) due to the unnecessary strain that it puts on your meniscui and your MCL's...which is the ligament on the inside of your knee that helps stabilize side to side movement in the knee. Your knee is a joint designed to work like a hinge, unlike your ankle or shoulder. Side to side pronation is a bad idea.

It's a mental hurdle, like Chris said, until your adductors (aka groin muscle) become strong enough to habitually keep your knees out. One exercise I've heard of is to put a band around your knees/lower thigh to help build the idea in your mind that your knees need to push out. Like so (wfs): http://www.allthingsgym.com/knees-out-band-squat-drill/
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