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    How much of your lower back strength reflects your squats?


    Just curious, worked out my back last friday and I'm supposed to do squats tommorrow (monday). My lower back is still somewhat sore tonight; if it's sore tommorrow should I wait another day? Or does the lower back not play that big of a role in squats?

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    The lower back contributes alot to squatting but the style of squats you do will reflect how much the lower back is taxed. If you do high bar squat the back is in a more verticle postition so less strain on lower back but if you do p'lifting style squats(shins straight up and down,upper body leaned forward) you will greatly stress your lower back.
    If its still sore id wait another day, but if you can barly feel it then continue as usual.
    If you can tonight do some good mornings with very light weight to get blood flowing into your muscles to enhance your recovery
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    To add to Gettin Big comments I would add that you would want to keep in mind the rep scheme you are using. For example if you're performing low reps then your back most likely won't be able to support the load as well as if you were fully recovered. Higher reps like 12-20 would be something that you could probally deal with. Your errectors will be firing isometrically in any Squat movement and like Gettin Bigger said the type of squat will play a big role.
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    My Squat went up considerably when I started to DEADLIFT.
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    The lower back plays a big role in squatting for the vast majority of trainees. Training with squats the day after training the lower back is very bad. You need to give your lower back a few days of rest.

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    Chris, do you do any direct work for the lower back ? I know you don't deadlift.
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    No, but my lower back gets plently of work as it is. The squats, t-bar rows, and standing military presses all work it quite well.

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    For deep back squats, the lower back is probably the second most important muscle.
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    I don't even really notice by lower back doing anything when I squat. The only lower back exercises I do are for warm ups for when I squat and on back days.

    Best thing that has made my lower back stronger is deadlifts. Rip it to shreds!!

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    It really depends on your body. I have long arms and legs and a relatively short torso.

    When I squat my lower back does a lot of work and is probably the limiting factor for when I can squat again (usually at least 5 days).

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    It also depends on how low you go and your feet positioning.
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    Originally posted by DaChickenShowYo
    It also depends on how low you go and your feet positioning.

    What?

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    If you squat with a narrow foot stance you won't use your back as much, more legs. Wide squats use more back because you bend down more.

    And if you squat to parallel or lower, your going to use your back more because you have to bend over more.
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    Originally posted by DaChickenShowYo
    If you squat with a narrow foot stance you won't use your back as much, more legs. Wide squats use more back because you bend down more.

    And if you squat to parallel or lower, your going to use your back more because you have to bend over more.

    Narrow and wide stance don't make a difference for me. I just tried and my back stays the same no matter what.

    And squatting below parrallel vs. parallel; it all depends.

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