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    Hi, Mark. I am 51 and have been doing the novice program for just over two months. I have had frequent back injuries in the past and the program has already made my back stronger than it has been in 20 years.

    I am having great difficulty getting to parallel in my squats, much less past parallel. In an effort to stretch out my hip muscles I have been dwelling at the bottom of each rep, trying to get a bit more depth. It has given me some improvement over time, but in my Tuesday training session this week I pulled one of the muscles in my inner thigh (maybe one of the adductors or the gracilis?) and wasn't able to squat yesterday.

    Is there a safer way to stretch out these muscles?

    Thanks for your time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Rippetoe View Post
    Thanks. I have narrowed my stanch a few inches and I have also switched shoes to some that have about a 1/2 inch heal rise. I was going barefoot or in totally flat shoes. I am still having trouble getting to full depth but I'm closer. It is also less stressful on the tendons, I think.

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    See a coach about this. We can correct this in about 5 minutes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Rippetoe View Post
    See a coach about this. We can correct this in about 5 minutes.
    Will do. Thanks, much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Rippetoe View Post
    See a coach about this. We can correct this in about 5 minutes.
    It took more like 10 minutes, but he was very helpful. I received a lot of good feedback on all of the lifts. I think I'm all set for now. Thanks, much, Mark.

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