squatter otter wrote:
The muscles on my inner thighs (not sure what they're actually called) are always completely trashed for about two or three days after squatting. I last squatted two days ago and haven't run at all since then because those muscles are so sore that it hurts to climb stairs, sit down, and walk. I don't squat much at all, and that workout was the first one I've done in a few weeks, but it wasn't hard (6x5 with 145 plus warm-up/cool down on the Smith machine). The extreme soreness in the inner thighs is the only reason I don't squat more.
Could it maybe have something to do with my stance? I have long thighs so I place my feet fairly far apart and have trouble keeping my knees from collapsing inward. How do I fix this?
That's normal -- doing squats even with a light weight will result in soreness if you haven't done it in a while.
Those muscles get really sore because they are primarily loaded during the eccentric phase (they stabilize you when you're lowering the weight), and you're putting weight on them when they are in a somewhat stretched position. These things result in more DOMS (soreness)
If you do these more frequently you will adapt and not get as sore. If you detrain and the movement thus becomes unfamiliar (to your muscles), you'll get sore even with light weights.