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Pain In Mid Back When Squatting

  1. Okay, so when I squat I get this weird dull pain in the middle of my back either in my spine, or just to the side of it to the right, I can’t tell. I go to parallel on all my squats, and this occurs at virtually any weight that I do them at, whether 135 or 300. The amount of weight doesn’t effect the intensity of the dull pain. Any ideas?

  2. When I come up from the bottom on squats, my knees shake a TON. It gets to the point where at times my left or right leg might actually be an inch or two ahead of the other side on completing the rep. Again this happens at any weight. It could be even an empty bar.

Also, can someone point me to a good article here, or elsewhere on the basics of squatting form, I’m thinking I must be doing something wrong, but I can’t figure out what.

With regard to number 2, you really have several things going on. Your knees shaking a lot could be to the wieght being to heavy or something else as i am unclear if this happen at lesser wieghts; but subjecting your legs to continuous overload beyond there capacity will effect motor function.

With regard to left and right leg being an inch or two ahead no matter what the weight; this is a learned function and something you need to try and correct using lighter weights.

are you doing deadlifts? might be important as maybe your core is out of balnace?

[quote]ds77 wrote:
With regard to number 2, you really have several things going on. Your knees shaking a lot could be to the wieght being to heavy or something else as i am unclear if this happen at lesser wieghts; but subjecting your legs to continuous overload beyond there capacity will effect motor function.

With regard to left and right leg being an inch or two ahead no matter what the weight; this is a learned function and something you need to try and correct using lighter weights.

are you doing deadlifts? might be important as maybe your core is out of balnace?[/quote]

yeah, I deadlift as often as I squat. I don’t really have a problem like this with deadlifting.

The shaking happens MORE with higher weight, but even an empty olympic bar will do it.

With regards to the legs being unbalanced and correcting, do you know of any ways to do this?

Another point that might matter: My knees can bend backwards about 20 degrees more than normal, not sure if this matters.

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