I don't feel my quads working when back squatting, but it doesn't mean they dont work. maybe less when your knees are pointed out 45 degrees. I think front squats are great for feeling the quads working.
Yeah, it's all tight hips. Your hip flexors don't work in the squat. Your hip flexors do just that, flex the hip. Your hip flexes on the way down but that is an eccentric contraction by your hip extensors. One of your quads is also a hip flexor (rectus femoris) but you should feel that in your general "Quad" region. Stretch those hips out real good beforehand and you'll feel it differently. Lunge stretches, in general, stretch the hip flexors. Also, Larry10, I sent you a PM if you haven't seen it yet about a programming decision
Thanks. The thing is, when I do squats, I'm not just thinking to get the movement done, I think about contracting the muscle that should do the movement. I read an article about Schwarzenegger who said something along the lines: The weight is just a means to an end; it's about the muscles contracting.
I have heard that I should break at the hips to rise from the bottom. What exactly does that mean? Can you explain in some detail how I should rise form the bottom? What should my leg be doing?
And what do you mean by ,,bring my stance in"? My feet are shoulder width apart, I forgot to mention. Are my toes too far out at 45 degress?