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Jeff Mouland
01-13-2008, 06:26 PM
First time posting Front Squats appreciate any feedback and means of correction.

Front Squat Light Weight (WFS) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcTg3U2c2pY

Front Squat Medium Weight (WFS) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GY9Va5ZEIo

Front Squat Medium Weight 2 (WFS) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMA_djBiDp0

Front Squat Heavy Weight (WFS) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdzClvqbaKo

Arden Cogar Jr.
01-13-2008, 07:55 PM
Good job staying with the heavier weight.

One thing I'd like to see you doing is "leading with your elbows." When you come out of the hole, you think of driving with your legs, squeezing everything,etc, but you seem to be forgeting a very important part - leading with those elbows will help keep your torso more upright and centered over your hips. Right now, you have the weight pitched to far forward and you need to sit back a little more. I think if you would concentrate leading with your elbows out of the bottom, you'd get your torso more centered over top of your hips.

I hope that helps?

All the best,
ARden

John C. Brown
01-13-2008, 07:57 PM
Jeff,
On the last three it looked to me like your knees flexed in towards the center line of your body a little, getting progressively more dramatic as the weight increased. Also, on the last one you didn't use your elbows to drive up out of the bottom as efficiently as you may have. When working with my clients, I will actually put fingers under the elbows to show them what I mean by this. Drive up with the elbows a little more and it will seem like they are elevating you right up.

Jeff Mouland
01-14-2008, 02:06 AM
Yeah I noticed the elbow drop and I was conciously focusing on keeping them up, maybe as i become stronger they just stay up more easily???

Arden Cogar Jr.
01-14-2008, 03:53 AM
Jeff,
It's not a matter of keeping the elbows up. It's a matter of leading out of the hole with the elbows. You have to try and raise your elbows the same way you do your hips, etc.

I hope that makes sense? It's kinda hard to describe.

Keep up the good work!!

all the best,
Arden

Andrew G. Greenberg
01-14-2008, 08:50 AM
another way to get the elbows to stay up is to concentrate on pushing the thoracic spine back (extending it).

also on the heaviest one watch how you can see the left side of the bar -- you're coming up in a spiral pattern clockwise (rotating). Might have a stronger left hip than right.