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Lower Back Pain from Back Squats and Pistols

#1

I have a history of lower back strains. Between L4 and L5 for anyone curious. However, I notice that it only flares up when I BACK squat. (or pistol squats). I can front squat all day, deadlift, snatch, etc. Anything. 1RM and I’m fine. Only when I back squat do does it cause an injury. I don’t really understand why? I’m guessing it could do with hamstring flexibility or back rounding (butt wink). I would expect to be injured from front squatting too though. Anyone else experienced pain with back squatting but not front squatting?

#2

It’s pretty common. Many authors, coaches and lifters from soccer moms, to the NBA/NFL and the Worlds Strongest Man have talked about problems with back squat and front squat as the solution.

#3

That’s basically what I’ve been doing. Front squat and deadlift and practically stopped regular back squats so I’m at least healthy and not in pain. Sad…

#4

Training, and making progress while being healthy and not in pain doesn’t sound sad to me.