I can squat below parallel but I experience pain in my hips, particularly the outer edge of the hips, at the bottom of the lift. I use static stretches for my hip flexors and calves between sets but the pain remains. If anyone could offer any solution it would be greatly appreciated.
try incorporating static stretching not as an inbetween set activity, but more as an individual part of your training. Stretching when you wake up, going to sleep, etc… should help you improve your felxibility, vs stretching mid-set. Secondly, it could be that your core muscles are lacking, and therefore you are placing greater stress on your hips then need be. I know you aren’t lifting for power lifting, but try widening your stance just a tad then you already are, see if that helps. Finally, make sure when you warmup, that you incorporate dynamic stretching, including quick lunges and side shuffles, to help loosen the hip area. If all else fails, go see a doctor. If even he can’t help, well, suck it up or try and find an exercise that can mimic the effectiveness of squatting on the legs.