[quote]mr popular wrote:
Over-arching can absolutely be a problem, because it disables the abdominals and shortens the hamstrings during the squat (two major muscle groups that work to protect your lower back during that exercise).
Obviously you don’t want to be doing squats while in a “crunch” position, but yes you want a neutral spine with your entire core being tight, and yes looking up can put your spine in an awkward position if you don’t know what you’re doing (the preferred option is pushing the neck straight back into the bar to keep your body direction pointing upwards).
Don’t look at the ground when you squat, but don’t try to look at the ceiling either. Your physical therapist actually sounds pretty smart. lol[/quote]
That is good to hear. Doing it the way she suggests definitely allows me to go deeper and I can also sense it is going to be using my ab and lower back muscles a lot more. I have never felt my abs or hamstrings worked from squats before lol. I had just assumed I wasn’t going deep enough to hit the hams and that I couldn’t go deep enough because of flexibility. I will find out tomorrow what this feels like with weight
Its just strange because i’ve Never heard/read this before. Its always “keep your back from rounding, keep your head up, keep your back arched” that I hear
Actually that Tate article says “Your butt should also be sticking out with your back arched as hard as possible.”[/quote]
Yes, I was reading through that article and that jumped out at me right away LOL. This is exactly what I’m talking about.
I’ll see what I can do about a video