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Old 12-26-2008, 08:25 AM   #1
Jamie Crichton
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Default Stiff, sore hips when squatting

Recently my hips have been unusually stiff and sore when squatting - I normally do plenty of warmup and mobility drills before I lift, but it feels like they're taking longer to warmup than usual, and squatting below parallel is quite uncomfortable.

I try to do mobility regularly anyway, and lots of soft tissue work with a foam roller and tennis ball etc. Does anybody else experience this/know ways that I can free up some movement in the hips? The discomfort means I'm reticient when it comes to dropping into a full squat, which doesn't make catching snatches or cleans any easier.

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Old 12-26-2008, 08:29 AM   #2
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Have you been sitting a lot?
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Old 12-26-2008, 08:59 AM   #3
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How long have you been foam rolling in comparison to this hip tightness?

Has your diet been less than optimal? Holiday season and all...
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Old 12-27-2008, 10:41 AM   #4
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I've been using a foam roller etc consistently for a year or so, whereas this problem has only just appeared in the last few weeks. Diet has been sub-optimal over the last few days but is normally fairly good. I do sit a lot, but no more than any other student with exams on the horizon does!

Funnily enough, I trained today and my hips felt a load better, the best they've been for ages actually. I just spent a good while warming up and getting loose and saw a significant improvement. I think it's just a case of ensuring I warm up effectively before training.
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Old 12-27-2008, 10:43 AM   #5
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If it is being warm that is the issue, another layer of compression shorts/pants may be just the ticket.
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Old 12-28-2008, 07:04 AM   #6
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That is a good idea, its pretty cold here at the moment so will make sure to get the lycra on; as if I needed any excuse, heh.
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