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  1. #1
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    Sep 2020

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    39m 260 lbs.
    Squats are getting very difficult and was hoping for a check to get some additional cues to help with the next workout. I notice my back is curving a bit on a few reps. I'm feeling some pain in the dead center but it's possibly related to carrying two kids everywhere lopsided and unrelated to lifting.

    Thank you!

    380 PR, 3rd set - YouTube

  2. #2
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    Jun 2014


    You've taught yourself how to squat on your heels. This can happen with someone that's been told they have persistent knee slide. Rather than get leaned over and send the hips back more, they stop the knees early and sit back on their heels. I say this for the benefit of everyone else reading this as an example of the pendulum effect we see when you try and fix one issue (incorrectly) and inadvertently cause another in the process. Not that I have definitive proof this is why you're on your heels.

    At any rate, you can edge your stance in a bit so depth isn't as much of a struggle.
    Let the knees come forward for the first 1/3-1/2 of the descent as you get your torso leaned over and send your ass back. Part of the reason you're losing back tightness is that you're not near balanced on midfoot through the rep, and your body is trying to figure out how to keep you from not falling one way or another.
    Knees forward and out, ass back, drop your belly button in between your feet.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2020


    Thanks Pete! The forward knee slide is definitely part of the reason why I'm on my heels now. The other reason may be that I had pretty bad arch pain for awhile from cheaper shoes. Do you think this is something I can correct while going up in weight or is a reset in order?

  4. #4
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    Nov 2020


    Yo man, I had the same issues as you. Check the article below. It really helped me and made my squat feel much stronger.

    Identifying and Correcting Thoracic Spinal Flexion in the Squa


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