I haven’t posted in powerlifting threads before, but I think this is where my question belongs. A little background on myself. I’ve played hockey all my life, very competitive level, and always had problems with bones growing faster than tendons and stuff when I was younger. Also was never very flexible, never did mobility work, my skating kept me somewhat loose but now that I’ve stopped playing I’m tighter than a piano string.
Last summer, before heading to university, I dropped about 25 lbs, got back into shape, and was lifting a lot and playing ball hockey (tons of running). I started school in the Fall, weightlifting fell off the map, ball hockey ended, and I only skated once a week throughout the winter until now. Now I’m working on getting my schedule back on track so I can get back into lifting and lose some weight. I’m about 6’3" 218 lbs, I would say between 18-20% BF, I was down to about 12 or 13% last summer.
My squats have never been something I’ve been proud of. I’ve gotten up to some okay weights for my age, but its always caused aches and pains, and not the good ones! My left knee hurts when I drop below parallel, and my lower back hurts sometimes, it hasnt been recently. My knees pop below parallel, and both are killing me right now from shooting these videos and trying a weird yoga move to open the hips. Everyday I’m spending atleast 15 minutes doing these yoga videos that are supposed to open my hips, groin and loosen up my legs. I dont like yoga, but I like the idea of the functional aspect of the flexibility in my squatting. I know my hamstrings are really tight because when I bend over to touch my toes I cant reach them without bending a lot at the knees.
When I squat and break parallel two things happen; first, my knee pops, second, my knee hurts. My left knee, for some reason my right knee only does it sporadically. I’m posting a video of my squat from the side, and I’m hoping people will be able to help me with my form. I squat with feet just wider than shoulder width, and I try and point my toes slightly outwards. If there is any more info you people need Ill do my best to share! My goal is to squat with really good form and then build the weight back up
Thanks in advance everyone!