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Old 03-30-2010, 01:53 AM   #11
Ian Nigh
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Thanks Derek,
Yes I can squat no problem, its only when I go above 120kg that I run into some issues, and this is what i am trying to fix. i think i will incorporate some lighter squats into my routine, maybe once a week at around 65% (around 80kg).

Thanks for the link to Eric Cressey, he still does not say WHY he recommends shoes for the more quad-dominant movements. Also, would not going shoe-less for the Oly squat actually improve ankle flexibility? Maybe not for max weights where form could be compromised, but in lighter trainning?
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Old 03-30-2010, 04:32 AM   #12
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There are better ways to train ankle flexibility than squatting, particularly when you have a tendency toward SI flexion injuries. Anything that restricts ROM is going to cause a tendency for your weak point to give way. Squatting barefoot will pull on your hamstrings from below, which means they will pull harder on your back above, and you will be more likely to round your back under load - exactly what you are trying to avoid. If you want to improve ankle flexibility, do that explicitly. Perform regular pnf stretching of ankles and hamstrings to improve the ROM and make the job of your lower back easier. If you want to squat barefoot, do it with no load - perhaps working your flexibility in a stripper squat, but keep the shoes on for loaded squats. Give your back all the help you can, while working to strengthen it in more controlled ways than a back squat.
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Old 03-30-2010, 07:10 PM   #13
Ian Nigh
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Thank you Patrick, what you say seems very sensible indeed.
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Old 04-01-2010, 12:51 PM   #14
Denver Buchanan
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Originally Posted by Ian Nigh View Post
Thanks Derek,
i think i will incorporate some lighter squats into my routine, maybe once a week at around 65% (around 80kg).
I did light speed squats once a week for a long time. I still do them occassionally. Done right, they can help your squat weights move up. They are good for practicing form and also for really forcing you to focus on speed and power.

They key is, like you say, using weights in the 55-65% range, and moving them with maximum speed and aggression. I always preferred multiple sets with reps in the range of 2-3.

Actually, if you really want some GPP, do sets of these squats alternated with some box jumps. That will get you breathing.
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