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Help getting out of the hole! :(

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    Help getting out of the hole! :(


    So I have recently switched to a powerlifting focus and have a little trouble with squats...
    The only part I have trouble with is getting out of the hole and even getting parallel because I believe I am so inflexible...
    I've been doing dynamic hip movement stretches to help with this pre workout and static post but I need some exercises to help me with this.
    Today I focus on going low and put all my effort into it.
    Here is what I did....
    Body weight: ~198
    Height: 6'1"

    Box squats just below parallel:
    Warmup (with box): 135x15, 215x15
    working sets: 235x5, 255x5, 275x4, 275x5,285x4

    Pushed myself hard on those last two sets felt sick afterwards

    ATG squats (or as low as I could go)
    135x20,135x20,175x18,195x15,19 5x15

    I used to do Regular ol' squats at 315 at parallel ~8x but since I didn't get to that on box squats the only reason I could think of not being able to do that was that I never really went below parallel or box squats are f***ing hard

    Any exercises or stretches to help me get out of the hole or get parallel would be greatly appreciated.

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    low box squats..
    heavy pull throughs
    heavy back extentions
    heavy good mornings.
    heavy deadlifts.
    stretch out completly hams,quads,lower back, upper back, hip adductors and abductors..
    lower then weight and find ur sweet spot (meaning feet position etc.)
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    I have the same exact problem. Stretching is the key and foot placement. I can't squat like most people yet, I have to do a much wider stance or do smith box squats. Also, some positions outside of my flexibility range are dangerous because my knees want to pull inward and that's not good with 225+ on my back. I couldn't touch my toes a few months ago and now I am very close. I like loading up a leg press sled and just slowly letting the weight come down and stretching me out. I do this with like a 45 on each side so it's not going to hurt me, and just sit there for like 30 seconds and push it up. I find that easier than just no weight squat stretching.
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    you can try to pause in the bottom position of the squat with the bar and stuff to really stretch otu too...
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    hip flexor stretching will help you get to the hole. But as far as getting out you need strong hips, glutes and hams. Probably recommend low box squats rotated with different bars. In addition work in romanian DL/or glute ham raises as well as some hamstring isolation work.
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    Thanks for all the info... I'll definitely be doing some hip flexor stretches every day to help get in the hole.... here's what my workout is going to look like...
    2 sets WU box squats
    box squats 5 sets
    good mornings
    glute ham raises
    pull throughs
    for the accessory work I was thinking around 3 sets each

    P.S. Mongo you must be hyoooge!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by permanabol View Post
    Thanks for all the info... I'll definitely be doing some hip flexor stretches every day to help get in the hole.... here's what my workout is going to look like...
    2 sets WU box squats
    box squats 5 sets
    good mornings
    glute ham raises
    pull throughs
    for the accessory work I was thinking around 3 sets each

    P.S. Mongo you must be hyoooge!!
    that might be too much work, im not an expert but id say im a beginner to squatting and whats helped me most is two working sets raw squats, 3 sets of box squats and pull throughs.. Id save good mornings and glute and ham for an acessory day or dynamicday.. but thats just me.
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    Speed work with bands.
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