I have been squatting wide for a bit of years now. Very happy with what I just achieved a couple days ago. 500lbs x 9 reps, bodyweight of 188lbs, belt only. I know its not alot to some of you beasts. But I was happy.
Problem is when I get close to the bottom position of this wide squat, my hamstrings are getting very tight and seems as if they are about to pull. My first rep I was very close to parallel but after that I kept my reps consistantly a couple inches higher because I felt like I may pull my hamstrings.
I have been reading lately that a really wide squat is more for geared lifters because they have more protection in the hips and the gear helps them sit back with there wide squatting without falling backwards. So I was thinking maybe since I am not geared up and when I try to sit back I am having to lean even more forward to keep from falling backwards and I am stretching the crap out of my hamstrings. Am I way off here?
Would just simply stretching my hamstrings often help? Yes I hardly ever stretch them.
I just bought some knee wraps. So if I kept doing these wide squats would these knee wraps help me reach depth since the knee wraps will take a bit of load off of the bottom position maybe putting less stress on my hamstrings?
Would a wide medium stance instead help me reach depth easier without my hamstrings feeling like they are about to pull? Also I heard that people who do raw lifting(maybe including belt and wraps only) are stronger with a wide medium stance compared to a really wide squat? Any truth?
By the way I'm only 5'7" if you need to know this. Thanks for any help.