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Hi Mike,

I am currently recovering from a lower back injury I suffered while squatting. I suspect I wasnt fully warmed up and loose enough when I tried to go heavy and my back just gave out. It has been almost 2 months since and it is still very tight in the mornings but when I stretch and get moving it feels fine. I can snatch, clean & jerk, and front squat fine with out pain and I have even PR'd in all 3 during that time. After 1 month of taking it easy I tried to back squat agian and once I hit 70% my back gave out. I stopped the workout immediatly and after 2 days rest I was good enough to lift light again, still stiff but I stretched and felt better. 1 month after the most recent give out I tried to back squat again and even tried to not go as deep (it seems to give out when I get just below parallel) but I felt like I leaned alittle to far forward and boom it gave out again. I have noticed that recently I am so much weaker in my back squat and my depth and form, which at one time was great is now terrible in my opinon. I feel like I cant get to paralell without my butt winking and feeling imbalanced. Should I just quit BS's for a while all together and either do FS or even trap bar dealifts, these feel a lot less painfull and I think its because I can keep my back much more upright. I feel like I cant keep my back upright anymore when I BS and if you watched me when I squat I am leaning to far forward. By the way I do lift in OL shoes already.


If you can snatch, clean and jerk, and front squat without pain and keep injuring yourself solely on back squats, then yes, stop back squatting. Keep lifting, keep improving and do a lot of accessory lower back strengthening exercises. Also you could try box squats. With box squats, you only squat to slightly below parallel and your chest is much more upright.
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