View Full Version : Starting Strength: Squat, Press, Deadlift Form

Scott Kane
11-28-2007, 05:30 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4i8j-dsxGss WFS (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4i8j-dsxGss)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILT9qp3MOIYWFS (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILT9qp3MOIY)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ew1XIK3zohwWFS (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ew1XIK3zohw)

George Mounce
11-28-2007, 07:19 PM
You are getting low enough on the squat, but the down portion seems really fast. You need to be thinking "up" the whole time. Drag the bar down. Look for Anthony Bainbridge's squat videos, his speed is great.

On your press - breathe and hold. Get the bar to the top, then quick air exchange...DOWN AND UP...air exchange...DOWN AND UP. You are letting out your air while you go up. It needs to still be there. Breathe at the top instead of the bottom. I found it made it a heck of a lot easier to do everything from press sets to linking quite a few HSPUs in a row.

I can't tell if the bar is touching your shins on the deadlift, but it should be.

All minor tweaks, your lifts look pretty good.

Andrew G. Greenberg
11-29-2007, 07:09 AM
Yes, descent on squat is way too fast. If you watch the bar path, you're getting some pitching forward onto the toes near the bottom.

David Aguasca
11-29-2007, 07:52 AM
yeah, i saw the same thing on the squat. keep the weight on your heels/midfoot!

great job on the DLs! nice back angle, and bar positioning.

Brandon Oto
11-29-2007, 09:21 AM
You only really got "under" the press (head and chest forward) on the last rep.

I like the flow of your squats...

Be careful dropping the deadlift for that last bit, that usually goes hand in hand with losing tension in the back, which is not good even for that short distance. You can lower it fast, but lower it under control.

Paul McKirdy
12-11-2007, 10:11 AM
Been lurking forever. Might as well get in the game now as later.

The one thing I notice on the DL is that one the down-path the bar is moving forward around the knee. Focus solely on the bar-end travel and you see it. The rest of the form is really nicely executed, so looking from a further out view you don't notice the bar around the knee until you focus in on just the bar end.

IIRC, this is the butt-back to keep in mind. Shins vertical until the weight passes knees then knees move forward slightly. While weight is above knee, back to thigh angle decreases with shoulders moving more forward of bar loading the low back, lats and glutes with the quads assisting the final resting.

Or I could be completely off :)

Corey Duvall
12-11-2007, 11:50 AM
When you reset on your deadlifts, be sure to spread that chest. You do a great job in the first couple reps, but as you tire you forget to spread that chest, and thus lose that lordosis a bit. The change is minimal, but makes a huge difference when you try for that 290x5

Leonid Soubbotine
12-12-2007, 06:33 AM
Keep your head down a bit on deadlifts to allow normal breathing at the bottom. This will also help you a ton during 45 reps of Diane and such.

Jacob Vohs
02-21-2008, 10:14 AM
My descent is about the same speed as him on the squats and Rippetoe said it was fine. He's under control when he goes down, Rippetoe just says to basically stay under control which he is doing. You're not supposed to drop into the bottom but if you body is staying tight the whole way down then the speed is fine.