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What can be done about the "butt wink" during a squat?

Posted: Sun Jul 28, 2013 10:41 pm
by endcruelty
I never really checked how my back looked during a squat in the past, but recently I did because I was curious, and noticed my lower back curves when my ass gets to the grass. I've read it's because of tight hips and hamstrings. For about the last couple months I've done a lot of stretching (not just for better squats, more so for general health), but it's still curving. I've also tried to widen my stance, but no luck.

Any ideas what can be done to prevent the curving?

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Re: What can be done about the "butt wink" during a squat?

Posted: Wed Jul 31, 2013 7:54 am
by stcalico
Is it possible you are lifting too heavy? You could lower weight and focus on form... that would help to prevent injury.

Re: What can be done about the "butt wink" during a squat?

Posted: Wed Jul 31, 2013 9:05 am
by blabbate
stcalico wrote:Is it possible you are lifting too heavy? You could lower weight and focus on form... that would help to prevent injury.

+1

This, for sure.

Re: What can be done about the "butt wink" during a squat?

Posted: Wed Jul 31, 2013 9:55 am
by esqinchi
Pretty much everything I've read has said that 'ass to grass' is unnecessary, and to squat down so that the thighs are just below parallel to the floor. Like the others above, the back rounds when the load is too heavy. Ironically, you can probably lift more if you go down to just below parallel.

Re: What can be done about the "butt wink" during a squat?

Posted: Wed Jul 31, 2013 3:38 pm
by endcruelty
stcalico wrote:Is it possible you are lifting too heavy? You could lower weight and focus on form... that would help to prevent injury.

The thing is, it happens even with no weight. Even if I do a simple stretch (like the image below), I still get rounding.
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Found a few videos on YT which seem to be decent advice.