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A Few Questions about my Training Regiment


#1

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!


#2

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.


#3

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?


#4

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