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it sounds to me like your iliopsoas is very weak and probably tight as well. it attaches to the spine, so it could definitely be the source of your pain there. squats aren't going to strengthen it much, and none of the stretches you mention stretch the iliopsoas. the reason those poses are so hard when climbing is because you don't have the active flexibility of using your own muscles--instead of gravity--to obtain that pose. look up exercises for the psoas and do those, as well as being sure to stretch it a bit.

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Original Poster1 point · 4 months ago

Thank you - really clear answer. I've started doing a bit of soft tissue work daily on the psoas & they are super tender/tight as you suspected. V helpful reply, thanks!

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