Hi, after reading 5 things your missing by Chad Waterbury and reading up on squats in other various locations, I have learned the importance to keep the lower back arched when you squat down, but once I go below parallel I can’t keep that arch.
In Chad’s article it says that those with long femurs can’t achieve this ideal position (not that you shouldn’t do squats). Also in the book “Strength Training Anatomy 2nd Ed” by Frederic Delavier it says you shouldn’t go below parallel unless you have short femurs and are able to keep that lower back arch when at bottom position, otherwise you risk lower back injury.
I’ve realised that my inability to keep that arch could be hip mobility related for me, but I’m also 6’1" which in Chad’s article is an inch shorter than the limit for those to have short femurs, I’m also on the lanky side.
ANYWAY my question is, that if after improving my hip mobility I can’t perform an ideal squat due to having long femurs, should I go below parallel?
Also on a side note, due to me not having a squat rack, I’m power cleaning the bar over my head, what kind of sets and reps should I use to maximise muscle growth with lighter weights (since I can’t go heavy enough to do something like 5x5).
Thanks in advance