I can't do full squats

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I can't do full squats

Post by zachsikidhart » Mon Jun 04, 2007 8:45 am

I get stuck when my thighs are just parallel to the floor. I've read somewhere that partial squats are bad for the back or knees I don't really remember. I am not sure if my 38 inch waist has anything to do with it :D.

What do you guys suggest? Should I continue? Will it improve?


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Re: I can't do full squats

Post by YeahBuddy » Mon Jun 04, 2007 8:56 am

Partial squats aren't bad for the knees if you do them properly. Are you sure your lower back is strong enough for squats? Seems like the best thing you could do is just use less weight.

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Post by zachsikidhart » Mon Jun 04, 2007 9:04 am

Well, my back doesn't hurt after squatting anymore so I think I'm doing them right. The gym trainer checked my form too.. Actually, even if I don't use ANY weight at all, I can't go really deep... balance problems? gigantic belly? huge fat thights? dunno :))

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Post by TimD » Mon Jun 04, 2007 9:18 am

My guess is hip/ankle flexibility issues. Stay with an empty bar for now, do them daily or even multi times daily, trying to go as low as possible, or even with bodyweight while holding your arms up and out in front of you, or even grabbing something. With an empty bar, this is just practice and stretching, and will allow you to go deeper over time, and will also get your form down without doing any significant loading. You say the trainer is watching you, so thats a good thing In addtion, ankle and hip stretching should help with these issues as well. One of the first things we do in OL is teach people to front and overhead squat deep with these methods. You probably don't need to be able to go all the way down to the floor, but this will help give you a decent ROM.
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Post by Ironman » Mon Jun 04, 2007 12:43 pm

I just do regular squats. My legs are fine, tear drop and all. I can't do full squats either. I just don't have the flexibility.

I'm pretty flexible in the middle, but I have always had pretty low flexibility in the legs. I think it's just a genetic thing.


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Post by daniel4738 » Tue Jun 05, 2007 2:43 am

I have really crappy ankle flexibility, so i cannot do full squats. I think it's because I run lots of XC which requires a little bit more calf strength.

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Post by Matt Z » Tue Jun 05, 2007 7:54 am

When I squat I go down until my hamstrings touch my calves, which for me is a little below parallel. If I go any lower than that, my calves press against the backs of my legs, which creates a prying effect that irritates my knees, even with no weight.

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Post by Ironman » Wed Jun 06, 2007 2:42 am

Maybe that's my problem too. My calves and hamstrings touch just below parallel also.

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Post by daniel4738 » Wed Jun 06, 2007 3:36 am

Just out of interest, Matt and Ironman. You have your calfs touching your hamstrings, how much do you weigh? How big are your legs? It sounds pretty impressive when you say you can't do full squatts because your legs are too big :p

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Post by Matt Z » Wed Jun 06, 2007 8:40 am

I'm 5'6" tall and weight between 220 and 225 lbs.

Thighs: 27" (standing relaxed, mid-way between hip and knee)
Calves: 17.75" (standing relaxed at thickest point)

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Post by Ironman » Wed Jun 06, 2007 12:54 pm

I am not nearly as big as Matt. I am 5' 11" 206 lbs. and 11 to 12% body fat. My thighs are 25" and my calves are 17".

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Post by daniel4738 » Wed Jun 06, 2007 1:07 pm

That's pretty impressive.
Matt, I can probably suck my waist in and measure 27" :D

I just measured (using my earphone lead and a ruler so not so accurate).

Leg is approximately 22" and calfs about 15. Relaxed. I'm 5'11 and 160lb. I don't think im going to have a problem with my legs/calfs rubbing any time soon :p

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Post by hoosegow » Wed Jun 06, 2007 9:25 pm

What is your feet position? I have terrible flexibility as well, but I can get parallel and go deep. I use a powerlifting stance with a wide stance and feet pointed out. I have knee problems if I lift with the body builder stance. Just a suggestion. I would also go lighter until I can go parallel.

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Post by Matt Z » Thu Jun 07, 2007 8:49 am

I can go below parallel without any problems. I just can't sit on my heels. Meanwhile, my flexibility is good.

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Post by Matt Z » Thu Jun 07, 2007 9:48 am

I use a moderately wide stance with toes pointing outward slightly.


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