I suffer from pretty bad flexibility problems (e.g I have never been able to touch my toes, just holding the bar when doing a squats puts a lot of pressure on my shoulders, etc...).
I noticed the other day that I have a slight bend of my lower back at the very end of my deadlift. I also noticed that I cant go below parallel on a squat. As soon as I try I tend to fall backwards. (I just joined a gym that has a mirror beside the squat rack). I tend to prefer front squats as I think the front weight counter acts by unbalance to fall backwards. I started stretching my calves and hamstrings a lot but I am not getting anywhere.
I think my hip flexibility is very poor. I even have problems crossing my legs when I sit down.
Any good articles on this? I need to get educated.
Also any good stretches, exercise and routines you guys might do to improve this?
Heck, do you even think this is my problem?
I am pretty upset since this is starting to affect my progression!!
I appreciate all the help.
Side Note: I can bench and deadlift more then I can squat! I think this might be all related. As soon as I do my first rep of my first set in squatting I get a huge burn in my legs and they go weak. Its like all my reps when I squat feel like the last one. Because of this I cant get through a lot of reps or sets and my squatting has been suffering big time. The weight I use is so low its embarrassing. I have no idea what is going on.