hey guys, thanks for the replies. I guess that is the root of the problem… I don’t feel my hip flexors and only start to feel the glutes the further I descend down. I’m actually quite relaxed (lower body wise) during the squat lol…
Personally, I just get as tight as I can and pull down into the hole slow enough to retain as much tightness as possible. [/quote]
How do you go about to achieving this? Anything you’d recommend I try?[/quote]
First, you need to get a big bellyful of air and once you’ve done that squeeze that air as hard as you can. I do that by tightening my whole midsection: push the air against your closed throat and out your backside at the same time. You should feel your whole midsection go rigid when you do this. You might even feel your glutes squeeze too, and that’s no bad thing. Keep that pressure and tension and pull your butt back and down all the while squeezing your midsection really hard. You need to do this in a slow and controlled manner because otherwise you’ll lose the tension in your midsection. When you hit depth reverse direction as fast as you can and accelarate upwards, but more importantly keep pushing your air against your closed throat and butt until you’ve locked the bar out. It can also help to pull the bar down hard into your shoulders and push your elbows forward (that just keeps your trunk more upright, but I find it a huge help and I think it may keep my upper back tight too).
Personally I don’t really feel a huge amount of tension in my legs/hips as I pull down into the hole but I do feel a massive amount of tension in my whole trunk. If I lose any of that tightness the lift becomes much harder.