Reasons why squats may cause pain
The gluteal muscle is the main extensor of the hip, and it is the reason why it plays a major role in squat exercises. If the glute are not strong enough to support the up and down movement, the other muscles are forced to do more work than what they are supposed to do.
Another reason why people experience pain or hard time when doing squat is because they have weak core. The core is relatively important to maintain a proper squat position as you need to keep your spine in neutral position all throughout the lift. Having a weak core will make it harder for lifters to keep the torso in upright position, and this cause them to lean forward making the spine lose its natural arch.
Now that you know why you are having a hard time doing those squats, it’s time to fix it.
Maintain a proper form
Strengthen your core and glutes
Don’t quit your squats
People normally stop after experiencing body pains or soreness in muscle, but it is actually a good sign. The soreness in muscle is called DOMS and it is the process where the muscles adapt to the new activity making the muscles stronger. Just remember the quote “no pain no gain”.