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I’ve been trying to get rid of this lumbar curve in the bottom of my squat for several months now by working on improving my hip flexion to no avail. I seem to lose proper form just past 90. Is it possible that I have a weakness somewhere preventing me from keeping in a good position? Or what else can I try/test for?
It could be a few things, some you describe, some other stuff up and down your chain.
to test if any body part is the problem, just simply go into the deep squat as far down as you can without losing torso shape. then mob/smash a body part. test the deep squat after that. did you go down further without losing torso shape or still the same? if you went down lower without losing torso shape, then that’s a target body part to smash/mob. repeat.
Also, if I can achieve a good, upright flat back when I go into the bottom pos. and go forward onto my toes, would that suggest my ankles are to blame?
Hey George, just to clarify: do you mean you’re losing the lumbar curve in your deep squat? In my athletes, the more naturally gifted athletically, and stronger, the harder it is to get them to keep everything engaged down low in the squat, because its easier to relax down there. Are you screwing your feet into the ground before you squat, and continuing to do that as you squat? Most people’s range of motion in the hips will stop their squat before they lose the lumbar curve, if they’re keeping everything engaged. When you run out of range of motion without getting “loose”, then that’s the bottom of your squat. Let me know if this makes sense, or if you pinpoint a weakness.