I’m a little frustrated (pissed off) with my squats. I know that the most effective squats are those performed “ass to the grass,” but the best that I can currently manage is slightly above parallel. Going any lower results in my back rounding out, and for the past three years each time I near my PR my lower back begins to freak out (translation: “lower back pain, even at rest”).
I'm the proud owner of a set of long femurs and a long torso, which don't do me any particular favors with the squats. I currently follow a light stretching regimen that I do after working out and before going to bed - IOW not very rigorous.
Is the trick to developing deeper squats simply a matter of stretching more or using special stretches? Or is it a matter of "relearning" the squat? Targeting weak links? If so what are common weak points, and what are the best exercises for strengthening them? I'm admittedly somewhat of a newbie, so no doubt there's something I'm missing....
It sounds like you who post here have experience oozing out of your ears - please share the wealth! I'm tired of performing 1/4 ROM wuss squats!
Thanks in advance. - Nelson
P.S. age 21; height 5'8"; weight 180 lbs; bf% ~12%; max squat 385 lbs. (for reference).