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    I have been really trying to develop my squat the past two years, I have watched all the videos put up here and other places try to keep my form but for some reason it kills my lower back and when I go deep I have difficulty.... I have had two doctors tell me my hamstrings are the tightest they have seen I am not flexable at all.... I am not sure what to do... I tried starting over again last year and reteaching myself.... I train my hamstrings.... I dead lift on back day.... still very weak and uncomfortable when I squat... I am also 6'1 not sure if that matters but I dont know what to do... very frustrated and never comfortable squatting it is the only lift that will not get stronger... any ideas? i refuse to stop squatting bc its the only exercise i really feel on legs, should i just do it at the end and stay light? thanks in advance guys..

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    Do you stretch? I had lower back problems for a while and a chiropractor told me that one of my hamstrings was tighter than the other and my abs weren't strongth enough. I started stretching my legs on a regular basis and working my abs with heavier weights and haven't had a problem with my back in years. Also, I noticed a difference in my leg developement when I started stretching. What kind of rep range do you do on squats?

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    I dont stretch much but I do warm up with hamstring curls and incline walk... I also do heavy ab work twice a week, my rep ranges from 12-6..... when I do stretch some times in the morning it is extremely painful, hell just tieing my shoes is hard!

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    Yeah, priority number one should be increasing your flexibility. To do that, start stretching every day. At least one stretch for each muscle group in the leg - calves, hams, quads, and glutes. Hold each stretch for 30 seconds or more, relax, then do a second stretch a little farther for 30 more seconds. You want to feel it but it shouldn't be too painful to bare. Also, don't static stretch before working out. Either do it after or at a different time of day.

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    Got any vids of you squatting?
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    Quote Originally Posted by I Eat Therefore I Am View Post
    Yeah, priority number one should be increasing your flexibility. To do that, start stretching every day. At least one stretch for each muscle group in the leg - calves, hams, quads, and glutes. Hold each stretch for 30 seconds or more, relax, then do a second stretch a little farther for 30 more seconds. You want to feel it but it shouldn't be too painful to bare. Also, don't static stretch before working out. Either do it after or at a different time of day.
    bump. stretching after cardio works better as well due to increased blood flow to leg muscles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jameson829 View Post
    bump. stretching after cardio works better as well due to increased blood flow to leg muscles.
    True! Always good to, at least, get the blood flowing before stretching

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    ok guys thanks for all your help i think
    i figured it out and I was putting the bar too high on my back hence I was falling forward and experiencing major lower back pain the question is where is the best placement? I was putting in lower but it presses into the bone in my back hard, will i just get used to this? thanks again and I cant believe I have been squatting for ten years and still can figure it out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Minnphat View Post
    ok guys thanks for all your help i think
    i figured it out and I was putting the bar too high on my back hence I was falling forward and experiencing major lower back pain the question is where is the best placement? I was putting in lower but it presses into the bone in my back hard, will i just get used to this? thanks again and I cant believe I have been squatting for ten years and still can figure it out!
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    Well I have taken all advice, stretched, and my lower back still tightens up when I go over 275.... It makes no sense I can squat 225 for 20 however I have a difficult time getting 275 for 6-8 deep squats.... I just do not feel comfortable and my lower back kills.... I have no clue of what to do, my squats have been stagnant for over two years... can someone give my a plan with squats at the end or middle that will still work my legs and help them grow.... I am not scared to work my ass off however, currently I am getting no where

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    I put the bar on top of my traps, commonly called high bar, and have not issues with low back pain. Your bar placement is not the issue. Whether you do High or Low Bar placement your body will adjust to either one.

    If you know your Hams are tight then I would go see a Massage Therapist that is either certified or knows how to do A.R.T. This will be your best bet at relieving the Hamstrings. Also try stretching after each set of squat. Look up DoggCrap stretching and use that. A video of your squats would also help to see if your technique is bad.

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    Have you videos of your squatting? If you have then post it after that you will definitely get a lot of advantage.

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