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    Balance and squatting

    What is the best way to work on balance for squatting? I was reading "Starting Strength" and Rippetoe says that when starting you need to squat down and push your knees out...my problem is that I can't get close to that point because I start to fall. I can only do a partial squat (with the bar or without) until I start to fall over. I put my weight on my heels and I'm doing the correct form, I just start to fall over when I get too low. Any tips on how to correct this?

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    Sounds like a flexibility issue. How close are your feet together? I find it easier for me to do a wider stance on the squat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sCaRz*Of*PaiN View Post
    Sounds like a flexibility issue. How close are your feet together? I find it easier for me to do a wider stance on the squat.
    this. also, you could be trying to keep your back too perpendicular to the ground. try bending forward from the hips a bit.
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    Maybe need to do some bodyweight glute ham raises on non-lifting days for assistance and also really work on stretching.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sCaRz*Of*PaiN View Post
    Sounds like a flexibility issue. How close are your feet together? I find it easier for me to do a wider stance on the squat.
    My feet are shoulder width apart like it says in starting strength. I don't want to start doing squats until I can do the form right, so besides bodyweight glute raises, what other exercises can I do in order to improve my flexibility?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aterry View Post
    My feet are shoulder width apart like it says in starting strength. I don't want to start doing squats until I can do the form right, so besides bodyweight glute raises, what other exercises can I do in order to improve my flexibility?
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    Also, as I'm improving my flexibility, how should I handle my Starting Strength routine? Should I just use only the bar for squats for right now, or not even use the bar and just work on squat flexibility exercises for my 3X5 for squats, and then go ahead and do the deadlifts, bench presses, presses, and power cleans as I normally would?

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