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    Injuring Myself Squatting

    So I've been squatting since January or so, and over the last two months, I've continually injured myself when performing the movement. Basically, if I squat sufficiently deep (to parallel), I get a pain on the left side of my leg. This pain is right at the top of my leg, where it joins with my torso.

    When this happens, I'll lay off squats for around two weeks, and when I come back, the pain is gone at first. However, by about the 4th set of a 5x5, the pain comes back. This pain doesn't occur when I squat above parallel.

    In the meantime, I'm now doing leg extensions as a substitute, but I'd like to get back to squatting if possible. Any ideas about what might be wrong?
    5'10", 148 lb., 13% BF

    Lifts

    Bench: 145x3
    Squat: 165x2
    Deadlift: 225x1
    Pull Ups: BW+10 x5

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    Squat deeper, with less weight.

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    Is it on the outside of the leg, IE the front of the leg? Could be your hip flexor. Is it a joint feeling?

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    Quote Originally Posted by betastas
    Is it on the outside of the leg, IE the front of the leg? Could be your hip flexor. Is it a joint feeling?
    The pain is actually more toward the middle of the leg, not the outside.
    5'10", 148 lb., 13% BF

    Lifts

    Bench: 145x3
    Squat: 165x2
    Deadlift: 225x1
    Pull Ups: BW+10 x5

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    Strengthen your core.

    Those foo-foo exercises you see the trainers getting clients to do on the ground look lame but they do build core strength.

    Pike positions etc.

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    Do your bones hurt or is it your muscles? I say make sure you warm up very well, and then start squatting with low weight, and work your way up week by week until you get to your comfortable weight.
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