- huge thoracic kyphosis (humped upper back posture)
- minimal lumbar lordosis
- core (mid back, lower back, abdominal) weakness
- hip inflexibility (and aformentioned weakness) that causes your lower back to round
- hip weakness (especially gluteus medius – the side butt muscles)
- ankle inflexiblity
Revising your expectations also usually means changing exercise selection. Have you tried Goblet squats, box squats, single leg variations, lunge variations, or bowler squats? All of these can be seriously challenging and serve as corrective exercise.
If squats hurt and you really want to squat, I’m nearly certain that I can get you there. You may not set a new world record. You may have to finangle around a touchy meniscus or patellar chondromalicia (worn out knee caps). But you will function better. You will become stronger in ways that protect your joints and deepen your awesome bucket.
I’m going to be stubborn with this, having seen helped many people smash through their can’t.