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Squat Depth Flexibility

Now i’ve always squatted deeply and used an extremely full range of motion on the leg press, but recently i was using the leg press and with my kness almost up to my ears i felt a pain so i backed off the weight and continued with other things. Now i just let it heal and everything but the thing is, it wasn’t a muscle or tendon injury it was more like a cartilidge or bone joint thing as it felt like it had just crushed some stuff up in my left hip socket, where the left femur is connected.

The point of my post is if anyone has stretches/ mobility drills specifically for increasing squat depth without crushing joints etc…

When i try and squat as low as possible with not wieght i just suddenly hit a brick wall so to speak, i just can’t go any further down, below parallel for sure but not deep enough, If i narrow my stance to a conventional deadlift spacing then it is fine.

Thanks in advance

I would probably see a professional about this…

Getting a deep squat hinges a lot upon hip flexor and hamstring flexibility. I tend to believe that continually working on deep squats and box squats is an effective means of increasing the flexibility in those muscles.

I wouldn’t tend to think that a leg press will help much with your range of motion on a squat considering your hips aren’t allowed to travel. I’m far from an expert but knees up around your ears on a leg press doesn’t sound too safe.

Ok

thanks for the responses,
It wasn’t so much muscle length that seems to stop being going deeper. More like the joints in my hips are at full ROM.

You may have scar tissue and adhesion build up. This makes it so the muscle won’t loosen up past a certain point. This could be why you feel like you are hitting a wall.

I’ve had the same problem in the past. Invest in a foam roller or see an ART specialist.

Thanks for the advice,
i’ve been meaning to get one of those foam rollers for a while anyway, if only for the satisfaction of rolling my spine over it and having every single vertabrae re-align.

I gotta research some of that myofascial release stuff i think.

[quote]GribGrob wrote:
Thanks for the advice,
i’ve been meaning to get one of those foam rollers for a while anyway, if only for the satisfaction of rolling my spine over it and having every single vertabrae re-align.

I gotta research some of that myofascial release stuff i think.[/quote]

Here’s a good start:

http://www.T-Nation.com/readTopic.do?id=475832