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Squat/Deadlift problem

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2007/06/14 10:09:00 (permalink)

Squat/Deadlift problem

I,ve recently been experiencing some pain in my lower back, which is being brought on by my squats and Trap bar deadlifts. I,ve looked back at my schedule/training logs and suspect that the problem has more to do with the squat, rather than the deadlift. I recently purchased a cage and had started squating, wheras previously I had only been doing TBdeads. That leads me to suspect that I may have a problem with my form, as I train alone, not in a gym. I think I,m just leaning forward too far as I squat, and placing strain on my lower back. I,ve looked at all the info on the exercise (squat), and thats where I think I,m going wrong. My plan was to not do T B deads or squats for a few weeks, to allow the injury to heal completely. However when I return to this type of exercise, I think I should be ok with TB deads as they are very dificult to get wrong. So was planning to continue with them, although I,m wary now of the squats. Is there an alternative exercise I could use to the squat, which is idiot proof! e.g. The Front Squat, is that more difficult to get wrong? Any ideas would be much appreciated.

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    RE: Squat/Deadlift problem 2007/06/14 11:08:07 (permalink)
    I suggest looking at the demo videos on the exercise links in the training section of MT, dropping the weight right down to basics and learn proper form. Squatting does take some practice to get right and I agree, it can be tricky when you train alone. I train at a gym, but seem to be one of only a handful who squat, so getting someone to check my form is impossible. If you have a camcorder, or can borrow one, film yourself side on and see how it looks.
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    RE: Squat/Deadlift problem 2007/06/14 21:07:49 (permalink)
    Front squatting is much more difficult in my opinion
    You say your leaning forward...the bar should rest just below your traps in the "pocket" that is created when you arms are pushed back...this will help keep you more vertical. I personally like to flare toes out a tad to better help with stability. just my .02c - I'm no ace squatter however
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