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Old 04-06-2008, 12:27 PM   #1
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Is this a flexibility issue?

Wasn't quite sure where to post this...

So, I am a little under 2 weeks out from my first show coming up. I am doing volume training currently (yes I know I'm a horrible, stupid person) and I haven't been doing back squats in a while. I have been mainly sticking with front squats.

Anyway, yesterday at the gym I decided do do some good ol' back squats. I began just loosening up the knees and everything just with the bar on my back...and I realize, I CANNOT keep my heels on the floor! I can't no matter how hard I try, no matter how hard I try to keep my torso upright, I just can't seem to come ATG with my heels on the floor, and drive up from them.

This is the first time this has EVER happened to me. I was really baffled...I have been stretching my hamstrings daily before and after each cardio session (that's four times total daily right now). The only way I could manage to keep my heels on the floor and drive through them was taking an extremely wide stance, wider than I would ever wanna normally go, kinda like a sumo stance, and then I can keep my heels down. But I wanna hit the quads, and by doing this I feel almost entirely glutes and hams.

It didn't matter how light I made the load (Like I said, I tried just the bar), I just couldn't do it.

Am I losing flexibility perhaps because my body fat levels are at pretty much an all time low due to my prep?

Or is it time to invest in a pair of inserts or squat shoes?

Oh and If it matters I am 6'2''...dunno If that has anything to do with it because like I said...I have never had this problem.

Any help is greatly appreciated. Sorry for the long writeup.
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Old 04-06-2008, 12:40 PM   #2
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You shouldn't be throwing something new in to the mix 2 weeks out from a show.

Without seeing a vid of you squatting there's not much else I can say
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Old 04-06-2008, 01:21 PM   #3
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You shouldn't be throwing something new in to the mix 2 weeks out from a show.

Without seeing a vid of you squatting there's not much else I can say
Ya, I know that it wasn't the brightest Idea I have ever had, but I just felt like em really.

I am just wondering if anyone knows what causes this or how to combat it?

I wonder if I just need to work on my flexibility...though this was never a problem before...so I am confused
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Old 04-06-2008, 01:29 PM   #4
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No one else will really be able to judge without seeing you squat. 6'2" doesn't matter, so I am and no probs squatting ATG, even in contest prep.

I would say you are just out of practice with the squats. Leave them until you have done your show and get back into them afterwards. 2 weeks out from a show isn't the time to be worrying about them, or trying to fix up a problem with them
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