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Forum: Fitness 01-23-2009, 05:09 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 12,141
Posted By Andrew M. Smith
Re: The Westside Book Of Methods

I'd have to agree. Internet tough guys; gotta love em.
Forum: Digital Coaching 10-07-2008, 01:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,009
Posted By Andrew M. Smith
Re: Argh! My squat form has gotten worse. Help.

I agree with Arden. It does appear that your knees are shooting in, which seems to be leading towards your slight stall halfway up. Shoving your knees out should give you a noticable pop and should...
Forum: Exercises 10-02-2008, 05:28 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,715
Posted By Andrew M. Smith
Re: Back Squat form check

I just wanted to say this while the thread is in a lull. It's obvious that neither one of us are going to change the position of the other. I'm going to go ahead and quit posting in both the threads...
Forum: Exercises 10-01-2008, 06:05 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,715
Posted By Andrew M. Smith
Re: Back Squat form check

Maybe I read more into your response than what was there. That doesn't change the fact that the first movement should be back with the head and upper back into the bar.

As to deferring to others,...
Forum: Exercises 10-01-2008, 05:38 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,715
Posted By Andrew M. Smith
Re: Back Squat form check

Many people do not drive the head and upper back into the bar, and while it's not typically cue'd, it does need to be taught. The thread was never about cues. You stated that the hips should be the...
Forum: Digital Coaching 10-01-2008, 05:22 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,977
Posted By Andrew M. Smith
Re: Back Squat...

Oh shoot. I didn't realize you could read minds. I guess the fact that they write articles discussing the exact opposite technique and use said technique threw me off. Probably doesn't cut anything....
Forum: Exercises 10-01-2008, 05:18 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,715
Posted By Andrew M. Smith
Re: Back Squat form check

I just stated that you're going to attempt to do it, though it won't actually happen. Without the attempt though, the hips rise up too fast and the weight ends up over the top. It's very much like...
Forum: Digital Coaching 10-01-2008, 05:07 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,977
Posted By Andrew M. Smith
Re: Back Squat...

Dave Tate has said it is one of the most common problems he's seen while coaching athletes, and he's worked with many more people than you or I have. Riding the elbows as high as you want is NOT...
Forum: Exercises 10-01-2008, 04:55 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,715
Posted By Andrew M. Smith
Re: Back Squat form check

Nobody is going to literally move the bar upwards with their chest, especially with the weight they're moving. However, the focus is on doing just that. The head, chest and upperback are the last...
Forum: Digital Coaching 10-01-2008, 04:42 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,977
Posted By Andrew M. Smith
Re: Back Squat...

For many people the act of bringing the elbows up typically allows them to only squeeze together the traps. The chest opens up in a much more pronounced manner when the middle of the back is drawn...
Forum: Exercises 10-01-2008, 04:37 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,715
Posted By Andrew M. Smith
Re: Back Squat form check

Both articles are discussing proper squat form. The fact that one focuses on a person falling forward is irrelevant.

You talk about different lifters needing different cues, and while that is...
Forum: Digital Coaching 10-01-2008, 04:22 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,977
Posted By Andrew M. Smith
Re: Back Squat...

It may be easier to create a better "shelf" by keeping the elbows high, but at the expense of closing the chest, losing a bit of tightness in the arch, and causing the weight to shift forward. This...
Forum: Digital Coaching 10-01-2008, 08:34 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,977
Posted By Andrew M. Smith
Re: Back Squat...

That is NOT proper form. The weight can be supported just as easily by squeezing the middle of the back and the shoulder blades together while drawing the elbows underneath. The chest comes up, the...
Forum: Exercises 10-01-2008, 06:02 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 7,526
Posted By Andrew M. Smith
Re: why no box squats in crossfit workouts?

Here's a good work safe article that talks about using the box squat. Ignore the fact that it is on t-nation. It's written by Dave Tate.
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Forum: Exercises 10-01-2008, 05:59 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,715
Posted By Andrew M. Smith
Re: Back Squat form check

I just went back and read this. If your legs are "finished standing up" and you haven't driven the upperback into the bar thus bringing the chest up, you have a GMing and not a squat.
Forum: Exercises 10-01-2008, 05:57 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,715
Posted By Andrew M. Smith
Re: Back Squat form check

Do you really want to argue with conventional squatting wisdom, especially from those that are squatting much more than you and I? I'm not talking about driving the upper back so far behind you that...
Forum: Digital Coaching 10-01-2008, 05:35 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,977
Posted By Andrew M. Smith
Re: Back Squat...

You can get the same effect by drawing the elbows under and squeezing the shoulder blades together. This allows the lifter to stay a bit more upright and makes it much easier to get the chest up and...
Forum: Digital Coaching 09-30-2008, 08:04 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,977
Posted By Andrew M. Smith
Re: Back Squat...

While your form was pretty good, I do notice one issue. You need to draw your elbows under the bar a bit. You've set them high up behind you and it's causing you to close at the chest.
Forum: Exercises 09-30-2008, 07:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 7,526
Posted By Andrew M. Smith
Re: why no box squats in crossfit workouts?

I disagree. They are a great way to teach a beginner how to squat. By using a box, you can reinforce the idea of sitting back into the squat. The lifter must also learn to activate the hamstrings and...
Forum: Exercises 09-30-2008, 07:25 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,715
Posted By Andrew M. Smith
Re: Back Squat form check

I do understand the concept, though I don't agree with the point you were making. The focus should be on driving the upperback into the bar and the head up, and then driving with the hips. If you...
Forum: Digital Coaching 09-28-2008, 11:28 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,818
Posted By Andrew M. Smith
Re: Deadlifting Form

I disagree with this, but it may just be a matter of how you worded it and not what you meant. The top half of the pull is going to be a matter of bringing the hips to the bar. You're not really...
Forum: Exercises 09-28-2008, 11:18 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 7,526
Posted By Andrew M. Smith
Re: why no box squats in crossfit workouts?

Box squats are an excellent way to teach a new trainee how to squat properly.
Forum: Exercises 09-28-2008, 11:14 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,715
Posted By Andrew M. Smith
Re: Back Squat form check

Your letters:

B) His depth is fine.

C) If he drives with his hips without a corresponding movement with the bar and his chest, he'll end up with the bar out in front of his center of gravity...
Forum: Workout Logs 04-09-2008, 06:48 AM
Replies: 3,657
Views: 471,851
Posted By Andrew M. Smith
Re: Anthony and Jodi's Journal

Ya'll ought to give this a try. Something a bit different than the normal WOD. We ran it yesterday at CFW. It was a good bit harder at the end than I thought it would be.


WOD: team effort, for...
Forum: Workout Logs 03-31-2008, 06:08 PM
Replies: 3,657
Views: 471,851
Posted By Andrew M. Smith
Re: Anthony and Jodi's Journal

So I did Fran after Max Effort Floor Press and some rows. Hit a time of 4:33 which was a 1:17 PR. Had some trainer *****ing at me because he said my chin was only getting to the bar and not clearing...
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