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    Squats and squatting free weights

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    Anyone else have a real tough time getting "parallel" with squats? Even with minimal weight -- heck, even just the squat bar -- it feels so bizarre to squat that low. I keep reading the importance of getting parallel, but I guess I would love to hear tips, tricks, strategies, etc., others have done to make this feel more natural and more comfortable.

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    hip flexibility and ankle flexibility - that there's the key! this can be tough, depending on where you're starting out from. i'll let someone more knowledgable/opinionated offer tips to help, but that's your issue right there.

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    Just keep doing it, you'll get the flexibility in no time. If it's getting to parallel and not the weight itself that is hard, add a bit more weight as that will probably make it easier to get low.
    I have the opposite problem - I can easily go way lower than parallel and so I don't get the slight "bounce" that helps one out of the bottom position.
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    can you do Mark's "grok squat" stretch? I would think that and goblet squats would help with the flexibility. Could possibly consider shoes with an elevated heel to help.

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    I actually wrote an article on one aspect of flexibility in the squat:

    Take Your Squats to New Lows
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    I have read of people helping their squat flexibility by doing overhead squats with something very light, like a broomstick.

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    Oh! I just thought of something else. Ever try squatting with your heels on a plate? That quick fix can help you safely get to depth since it takes a lot of the flexibility limitations out of the equation!
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