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I've read squat tips in this site and others, but I can't really figure out how to reach the posture in figure A. Mine is more similar to figure B. It seems physically impossible to get my hips and feet so close.

My idea is to stop increasing my squat weight until I get the right form. Is it only a matter of time and repetition?

The exercises I'm doing are ankle flexibility (like doing the alphabet), moving my hips in a circle, and try to do a weightless squat with my arms pointing forward for balance (I can stand in the squat position for a few seconds).

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I don't know why it isn't embedding the picture... – Luciano Jan 25 '13 at 18:59
I recommend checking out the 10 minute squat test videos: There are also a lot of other great squat resources from K Starr if you do a search on his channel for hips/squat/ankle, etc – Daniel Jan 25 '13 at 19:02
This answer describes the flexibility work that helped my squat. It's still a work in progress. Personally I kept the weight moderately low but squatted a lot until I had something between A and B, then I just ramped up the weight. – Dave Liepmann Jan 25 '13 at 19:15
So, repetition of the movements did help you achieve a greater flexibility. I guess I'll keep doing them. – Luciano Jan 25 '13 at 19:18
What's wrong with B? It looks exactly as prescribed by Starting Strength? – Kate Jan 27 '13 at 7:10
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First, you have to decide which squat you're doing, low bar or high bar squat, because high bar squats allow a more upright back while the low bar makes you lean forward more like figure B, which as Kate mentioned, is the way Starting Strength teaches. I personally low bar squat myself, where the bar, my shoulder blades, and my midfoot form a straight vertical line. You should check out starting strength by Mark Rippetoe and learn how to squat. As for ankle mobility, there are plenty of stretches, but I would also consider weightlifting shoes for a stable ground to push against and a built in heel that makes squatting low easier.

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Weightlifting shoes may be a good idea. Right now I'm doing this exercise at home so I'm squatting bare foot. Still, you are saying that figure B is okay with a low bar position, but what we were discussing here was that position B is still a bad form and we should all reach enough flexibility for a position A stance. – Luciano Feb 12 '13 at 14:35

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