Alright, I'll try to keep this fairly quick. I just started working out with another person again, after my last partner flaked out. This guy wants to lift seriously, but the guy use to run cross country and went through a big fat-loss after high school, so his intentions aren't necessarily to get hyooge. That being said, he doesn't know anything about lifting weights, and I'll let him tag along for a while.
Basically, started with A2G squats one day. He'd never done them. I figured there'd probably be some hip/lower back tightness and flexibility issues, but damn. I can hardly get the guy to go parallel. It's really starting to piss me off, because I almost feel like there's a lack of effort.
He can't even squat down low without any sort of weights on his back, though, so that got me wondering... do you think his years of running has affected his knees, hips, whatever? I tried to physically assist him squat lower, and his position at the bottom just won't budge.
Since I'm an asshole, I will probably freak out and call him a pussy if he doesn't start squatting lower - but I'd rather not do it if there's a physiological reason he can't do it, instead of a mental reason.
One other noteworthy issue is that I did have him try putting small plates underneath his heels, and that seemed to make it a bit more comfortable for him, but I can't see ALWAYS squatting with plates under your heels as being all that beneficial in the long run.
Anyway, if anyone has any ideas or tips on correcting the dude's form, and really any kind of thoughts as to what the problem may actually be, I'd appreciate it. I don't have my degree yet, so I'm not going to just start making assumptions out of thin as to what the problem is.