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A Few Questions about my Training Regiment

This isnt a rehab post, but there are a few things i need to mentiom:

So, in quick summation, I had to take a lot of time off (over a year) a while back due to a pretty bad lordosis issue. Thanks to a Chiropractor and a lot of research in mobility it’s a lot better.

Basically, my training is 2 days on 1 day off. I have a pretty standard chest/tri, back/bi, Legs, shoulders routine (currently working around what I assume is a shoulder impingement from my last job)

And I suck ass at squats. Always have. I’m 6’3 210lbs, post back injury, and suck worse than ever.

I know for a fact a lot of it is my ankle mobility, and a weakened core, both of which I’m probably over compensating on fixing, but it’s a start.

So here are some questions:

Are there exercises I can perform first before squat that would translate into an easier way to keep form?

I prefer lowbar deep squats, but obviously isn’t ideal with my ankle mobility, is there something I can do to open my ankles up immediately?

Should I simply squat more often? This regiment rounds out to about 1 day of legs a week, occasionally 2. (Plus conventional deadlift on back day)

Plus any other tips in general? I’ve lifted for a few years, but just treat me as a novice for this, I’ve never been great at legs.

Thanks!

Is there a reason the squat is so important for you? It’s fine to want a big squat “just because” but if you have another reason, it would be good to know it.

I’d start with bulgarian split squats and goblet squats just to get things moving in the right direction.

Whats with the ankle mobility? Was it broken and pinned together or something?

Strongman, it’s a little of everything really, I don’t like being bad at it, I know my legs are severely lacking compared to the rest of me, I think the general act of squatting is detrimental and translates into the real world than most, and I just like the big barbell lifts.

Skyz, right now I’m doing laps with lunges and goblet squats until I can’t stand, so I guess intuition served me well there. As for the ankle immobility, I don’t know what started it, I just have this ridiculous tightness in my Achilles, and simply can’t get that low