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    Why Does My Squat Suck?

    My squat is embarrassing. I can power clean 275x1 and hang clean 255x1 but can only parallel squat about 275x1. Does anyone else have this problem?
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    275 isn't bad at all. Work more on your squat, do some iso ham/quad work and strengthen your back. That along with good diet and consistency should help a bit. Then again this is coming from someone who also sucks balls at squatting (except box squats)

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    not as bad as my squat! I can't post a video yet until my post coun is 10

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    I guess its just disappointing that I can clean my squat max and set it on the squat rack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crackerjack View Post
    I guess its just disappointing that I can clean my squat max and set it on the squat rack.
    that is a pretty weird ratio you have there. I think when I was powercleaning 225x1 I was squatting 275x5, 315x1. 255 hang clean tells me your upper body is probably doing most of the work on your powercleans, so it could just be your lower is a little behind, but 275 isnt bad at all.
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    do forget you are 6' 4"
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    I think I'd be pretty happy if I could power clean what I squat, but I guess no the other way around. Technique has a lot to do with it. Your power clean technique must be spot on.
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    Do you squat with a close stance, or the same stance you clean with?

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    It's wider than my clean stance. I feel like I will fall forward if I don't get pretty wide on squat.
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    If you squat with a wide stance and find you're cleaning more, your hips, hamstrings and glutes are probably a lot weaker than your quads. These muscles come into play much moreso with a wider stance than a close stance.

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    It seems pretty obvious to me that you are weak through the lower range of motion - work on it and, like Chubs said, work on your hip and hamstrings strength/flexibility.
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    Okay, thanks for the help. I'm going to try and get a video of me squatting this weekend, maybe if I can see myself squatting I can see if I'm messing anything up. I'll make sure I post it. Thanks again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sensei View Post
    It seems pretty obvious to me that you are weak through the lower range of motion - work on it and, like Chubs said, work on your hip and hamstrings strength/flexibility.
    Exactly what I was going to suggest, probably using a lot of upper body on the power clean. Hips and hamstrings are sexy when they're strong ;-)
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