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  • Posted On: 08-22-19, 11:51 am (EDT) #1

    High-Bar Squat

    August 22, 2019, 11:51 am

    Hi Scott,

    High bar squat (side view) - it feels like I'm going as low as I can, but I noticed my thighs are barely parallel :(
    (compared it to one of your recent squat videos, doesn't at all look the same!)

  • Posted On: 08-22-19, 12:01 pm (EDT) #2

    High-Bar Squat

    August 22, 2019, 12:01 pm
    Posted by: porscham

    Hi Scott,

    High bar squat (side view) - it feels like I'm going as low as I can, but I noticed my thighs are barely parallel :(
    (compared it to one of your recent squat videos, doesn't at all look the same!)

    Hey Porscha!!

     

    Actually your form looks AMAZING!!! I am a bit of a freak when it comes to squat depth. It's something I have been working on for a long time to get as low as I do. But you have made tremendous progress and your depth now is great!

     

    I think that overtime you will be able to get a bit lower, but not much more is needed.

     

    Something to try would be to foam roll your hips, quads and hamstrings before and between sets. That might help continue to loosen things up a bit more for more depth!

     

    But don't hammer yourself hard with the foam roller.. just hit the areas that feel tight during your rest periods which are about 90 seconds to 2 minutes long.

     

    Keep up the great work!!!

  • Posted On: 08-22-19, 12:12 pm (EDT) #3

    High-Bar Squat

    August 22, 2019, 12:12 pm

    Thanks a lot! I've been doing the foam rolling on my quads between sets, but don't get my hips or hamstrings. I'll try that next time.

     

    What do you think of paused squats to improve depth? I was doing those for a while, but now I kind of like the slight bounce out of the hole, and just working on increasing weight (slowly...).

  • Posted On: 08-28-19, 10:15 pm (EDT) #4

    High-Bar Squat

    August 28, 2019, 10:15 pm
    Posted by: porscham

    Thanks a lot! I've been doing the foam rolling on my quads between sets, but don't get my hips or hamstrings. I'll try that next time.

     

    What do you think of paused squats to improve depth? I was doing those for a while, but now I kind of like the slight bounce out of the hole, and just working on increasing weight (slowly...).

    @porscham

     

    Yo'ure welcome! Pause squats themselves won't really improve your depth, unless you can already get deep enough and then perform the pause. The foam rolling will be key for hitting depth, but also doing some dynamic stretching for your warm-up and inbetween sets can help as well.

     

    In terms of the pause squats, I would work on doing pause squats with just your bodyweight to start with and, if you need to, hold onto the rack as you do do them so that you can actually get deep enough into your squats. From there, you can work on adding the bar and more weight!

     

    Don't forget ankle mobility can be a limiting factor when it comes to squat depth too, so even though you are wearing the Olympic lifting shoes (which is a great idea), it might still be useful to check / work on ankle mobility as well!

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