Tall dudes how low do you squat?

  1. Wink Tall dudes how low do you squat?


    Ok we all know having a little extra height can be a little tough in the gym to not only fill out but some of the key excercies are tougher for taller folks, Bench Press, squats, deads are all a little trickier for taller folks to keep there form strict.

    Now speaking strictly about squats i don't know if its just pure lack of flexibility but i for the life of me can't get more then a few inches below parallel without losing form, i see all these shorter guys going so deep and i get a wee bit jealous.

    So how deep you go in your squats? and if you've found ways to get deeper what were they?

    I've been working on my flexibility a lot stretching and doing yoga aswell as correcting a few things in form i went a bit wider stance and it's seemed to help but anything else i can do to really get lower.


  2. Joe defrancos agile 8 to losen up hip flexers. Have someone ACTUALLY teach you to squat, like a powerlifter. Get stronger in the core, low back, and hams. Stay tight, chest up, and sit back. Theres more.

  3. If you let your knees move out slightly as you descend it may help some
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  4. google the fitcast episode 6 with dan john. its a great squat video on how to go ATG no matter the body type.

  5. im 6'3" 230 and i go ATG every single time. no matter what. regular squat or front squat. u either need to find an olympic lifter to help you out, or watch a lot of videos and tutorials online like i did, and then teach urself. film urself squatting and look for flaws. the whole process took a while, but knowing how to squat correctly is CRUCIAL!
    -It's not about what you're doing, it's about how you're doing it.

  6. Quote Originally Posted by darsh89 View Post
    If you let your knees move out slightly as you descend it may help some
    Moving your knees out is essential. Imagine trying to "spread the floor" while you're descending and pushing off the sides of your feet as you come up.

    If you don't do them now, start doing box squats:
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  7. Box squats
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  8. i dont understand the suggestion of box squats. the OP is asking about depth.
    -It's not about what you're doing, it's about how you're doing it.

  9. Quote Originally Posted by 808rebel View Post
    i dont understand the suggestion of box squats. the OP is asking about depth.
    get a lower box. problem solved
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  10. I've read through most of this stuff by now im not new to squatting just looking to improve depth i've always been tought parallel is fine and i even go probaly 1-2 inches below parallel not much but ive been improving the weight and gaining size but my glutes have been lacking a bit and i want to focus more on ATG to help improve those.

    Ive watched videos over the years and ive improved my form greatly the only thing i keep coming back to is flexibility within the hips and overall legs, over the past few months ive worked on doing yoga and static and dynamic stretching 5 times a week yoga 2x a week.

    Is this the main thing that can improve my depth in squat is flexibility if all my other factors check out, ive been under the watch of a strength coach most of last year my form is fine i just can't get low.

  11. Quote Originally Posted by 808rebel View Post
    i dont understand the suggestion of box squats. the OP is asking about depth.
    Box squats teach you how to sit back on your hips and to keep your knees in the proper place.
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  12. Quote Originally Posted by 808rebel View Post
    im 6'3" 230 and i go ATG every single time. no matter what. regular squat or front squat. u either need to find an olympic lifter to help you out, or watch a lot of videos and tutorials online like i did, and then teach urself. film urself squatting and look for flaws. the whole process took a while, but knowing how to squat correctly is CRUCIAL!
    same here it's just a little tricky learning the form

  13. Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
    Box squats teach you how to sit back on your hips and to keep your knees in the proper place.
    ive never tried those i might have to..

  14. Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
    Box squats teach you how to sit back on your hips and to keep your knees in the proper place.
    ooooohh i see.... yeah it would be great for that. it's applying that to a full ROM squat that gets tricky.
    -It's not about what you're doing, it's about how you're doing it.

  15. Quote Originally Posted by 808rebel View Post
    ooooohh i see.... yeah it would be great for that. it's applying that to a full ROM squat that gets tricky.
    same movement its simple. only difference is with free ROM is you never completely stop.
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  16. I am not the tallest here (6"1) but I found that moving my feet out wider helped significantly. I started with wide box squats and over the past few years have gradually brought my feet in narrower. Each time I bring my feet in I train box squats for weeks beforehand to nail technique. Lots of hip mobility movements and post workout stretching are your friends here

  17. height really has nothing to do with squat technique, the issue is femur length in comparison to torso height. People with a long femur, and a shorter torso tend to have issues b/c of simple biomechanics. It becomes difficult to keep the body's center of gravity over the toes without excessive "lean" or flexion at the hip. Flexibility of the hips, lower back, and calves will help to alow for a deeper squat in this situation, as well as let you keep your hips underneath you instead of kicking back. The only issue i've seen squatters have with this type of situation, is that extra stress is placed on the knees, b/c the knee will almost always track out in front of the toes when getting deep.

  18. Quote Originally Posted by Movin_weight View Post
    height really has nothing to do with squat technique, the issue is femur length in comparison to torso height. People with a long femur, and a shorter torso tend to have issues b/c of simple biomechanics. It becomes difficult to keep the body's center of gravity over the toes without excessive "lean" or flexion at the hip. Flexibility of the hips, lower back, and calves will help to alow for a deeper squat in this situation, as well as let you keep your hips underneath you instead of kicking back. The only issue i've seen squatters have with this type of situation, is that extra stress is placed on the knees, b/c the knee will almost always track out in front of the toes when getting deep.
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  19. Im not trying to say THIS is correct, but im workin on it, and I know what needs to be improved. Here i am doing 315x4 ATG a week ago, and Im 6'3" and 230.

    -It's not about what you're doing, it's about how you're doing it.

  20. Quote Originally Posted by 808rebel View Post
    Im not trying to say THIS is correct, but im workin on it, and I know what needs to be improved. Here i am doing 315x4 ATG a week ago, and Im 6'3" and 230.




    your video is pretty much an identical depiction of what I described above. Solid set though, nice and deep

  21. [QUOTE=808rebel;2987230]Im not trying to say THIS is correct, but im workin on it, and I know what needs to be improved. Here i am doing 315x4 ATG a week ago, and Im 6'3" and 230.[QUOTE=808rebel;2987230]

    nice deep squat but it seems your a bit "squrmy" if you get what i mean. would like to see a bit less ADHD movement and a bit more strict form if you know what i mean. otherwise its a nice deep squat.

  22. At 6'3", the best thing I've found so far is to do low box squats. What I use for a box is a very particular bench at my school gym. It's a fixed, flat bench (so it's not adjustable). These are usually pretty low and 1-2" below parallel, so it gives you plenty of room to work on that form. That is, you can place a piece of wood or a plate on the bench to start high, and work down from there. Additionally, for people with bad biomechanics *cough goodproportions cough* but tight hip flexors or hamstrings, you can also put plates under your heels to help you achieve a deeper squat while you work out issues with the aforementioned.

  23. what helped me is ...go back to 135 to practice getting low w light weight. and remeber to emphasize weight on heels this will force you to keep ur but down

  24. 6'6 235 here I personally hate squatting but still gotta do it like someone else said put something under you heals to elevate them and use less weight to get form right then progress up also try getting a mini band and putting it around the top of knees and when going down try to stretch it by pushing knees out
  

  
 

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