Should I be going below paralelle on squats?
08-03-2009 07:38 PM
I squat ATG. The extra time under tension helps and I take 4 seconds on the eccentric. I feel that parallel or less cause more sheering in the knee not less. My only issue is lower back strain when I go heavy (315+) and come out of the hole. But the belt solves that.
I used to have knee issues before I starting doing only ATG 2 years ago. Knees have never been stronger than now.
08-04-2009 11:52 AM
Your back may be rounding at the bottom, i had a training partner who was extremely flexible and would squat the same way as you and his back kind of rolled at the bottom. Try and take a video of yourself, or try and cut the last inch or so off your squat and see if it helps.
Originally Posted by UGHQTempus
08-04-2009 12:45 PM
I think my issue might be ankle flexibility (or a lack thereof.) Had two reconstructions and they don't like to travel too far forward. But filming is a damn good idea. Not sure why I didn't think of that myself.
Originally Posted by jcp2
08-04-2009 01:11 PM
Use light weight, and pause at the bottom for 2 seconds, then come back up. Also, make sure you look up as you go down and come back up. Helps to keep from rounding your back. Have u tried a board under your heels? That also helps. Make sure to drive up the weight with your soles.
I was wondering if I'm going low enough on squats. I just hit parallel, when I'm squatting. I find it hard to go below this point.
My friend has this same problem. We've been doing BOX SQUATS with light weight and, the pausing at the bottom exercise. Seems to be helping.
08-05-2009 05:37 AM
I agree with jcp2 any of you having back pains squatting deep should look to your form. It is real easy to round out at the bottom, esp when your concentrating on the drive out and you round out just a little for your legs to start moving then slide back into form. That would be a flexibility or possibly a fatigue issue I feel. When your tired, form is deff more diff. to hold. Thats when weaker muscles shine and you should be able to see your weakness, but put the bar down and prevent injury when form fails and work on those points. Davez325 has a good point too. If you raise your heels it will allow you to bypass the tight ankles, however I feel on me, it increases the pressure on my knees in porportion to how high I raise my heels. Thats not the only moderator for me thou. Bar placement higher or lower on my back and foot width and angle all play a role in depth possible. The limiting factors being which areas have less flexibility for the individual. Modifying the above can allow you to work around that.
08-05-2009 10:48 AM
Above else, concentrate on your form first. Get it down perfect. Then, slowly start adding pounds. Don't worry about the pounds yet, until you have your form figured out.
Similar Forum Threads
By gunzblazin1x in forum Exercise Science
Last Post: 04-12-2012, 04:44 PM
By TexasLifter89 in forum Training Forum
Last Post: 05-22-2011, 06:56 AM
By islandmagic in forum Training Forum
Last Post: 12-28-2009, 09:10 AM
By nightshift in forum Training Forum
Last Post: 05-08-2008, 10:38 PM
By kelsey in forum Exercise Science
Last Post: 03-18-2004, 11:04 PM