I finally got comfortable squatting but wasnt really going fully ATG. After building up enough strength i finally was able to go ATG (took 2 months… sigh). After doing a few sets like this, knees got sore though and although its great that i can now go ATG its still not perfect, cuz my knees complain.
I slowly do body weight ATG squat and find that due to my long femurs it really helps if i do rise with my hips first then swivel about the knee. Using this method i can completely lock the knee above the ankle in a straight line and have 0 pressure on them.
Prob is of course… I feel that this will hurt my lower back if i add alot of weight. Hips up first even a few inches involves a slight ‘good morning’ element to the squat. Having to use this method to immobilize my knees is this a sign of inflexibilty in the hips (I have insanely tight hamstrings). Or is this just a body build thing? I do have a strong pain-free back.
Right now only using 135 lbs. I could do alot more but i dont see the point when pain, not strength, is the limiting factor - due to imperfect form. I have a low pain tolerance and almost spastically relax my muscles if i hit any kind of pain, so i cant just push thru the pain.
I’m doing lunges and partial one legged squats to build weak glutius medius and this is really great for my knees.
Still… I feel the back squat still has owned me and i dont like it.