I just want to ask something: I can't squat ATG, and when I use heel elevation for parallel squatting, I feel a kind of stretch in my hamstrings.
I've "solved" this problem by doing squats like this: I squat on to a bench (box squats essentially), BUT I've found that "putting my ass back" is uncomfortable to me. Thus when I squat, I just look at myself ("into my eyes" in the mirror". I don't feel any pain doing so, and I really feel my quadriceps. Is this an OK way to squat?
The two parts of this question I would like to get an answer to are:
1) Is it okay to do box squats, gradually building up one's squat depth as time goes by?
2) Is it okay to do squats, not leaning back "with the ass" but instead squat while looking at yourself ("into my eyes") in the mirror?