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Old 01-05-2011, 04:28 PM   #11
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Re: Correcting an Air Squat

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Looking up at the ceiling is good for HBBS and FS. Former Chinese national champion in 56kg class lifts at my club and he tells us to shoot our heads up as soon as we come out of the hole.

Not sure about powerlifting back squat.
Well, I look straight ahead for HBBS, FS, cleans and snatches and look down for LBBS and deads. Some of it is preference, but there aren't a huge number of elite lifters who look up on their lifts. If you're lifting at that level, then I say whatever works, though, haha.
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Old 01-05-2011, 04:33 PM   #12
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Learning proper air squat form will carry over into the other squats. If you have a bad air squat, it won't get any better by adding weight.

I don't disagree with what you're saying, I just don't think you should down play having proper form on the air squat.
I disagree with that . They just are not the same . Learning a proper air squat "may" have some carryover but I would agree with Tamara on not worrying too much about the air squat form. Try using the bar , go slowly and get the feel for having little bit of weight and balance with the bar.
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Old 01-05-2011, 04:33 PM   #13
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Re: Correcting an Air Squat

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Absolutely, but the squat is more than just body angles.

http://www.drivelinebaseball.com/wp-...t-variants.jpg wfs

The upper body angle is drastically different. But if you look at the squat itself, the butt, hips, legs all have the exact same position. Best/easiest way to develop that position is the air squat.
Did you read the caption for your own figure? The bar position remains the same relative to the feet. The back and hips have to adjust accordingly.

If you can change your upper body angle without changing the position of your hips, you have some extra joints that I don't.

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Old 01-05-2011, 04:39 PM   #14
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Well, I look straight ahead for HBBS, FS, cleans and snatches and look down for LBBS and deads. Some of it is preference, but there aren't a huge number of elite lifters who look up on their lifts. If you're lifting at that level, then I say whatever works, though, haha.
In powerlifting, I've seen a lot more who look up than down. Not like way up though, only slightly.
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Old 01-05-2011, 04:41 PM   #15
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In powerlifting, I've seen a lot more who look up than down. Not like way up though, only slightly.
Yes. I agree. I just do things Rip's way for squats .
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Old 01-05-2011, 04:42 PM   #16
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Everyone's gotta do what works best for them
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Old 01-05-2011, 04:43 PM   #17
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Everyone's gotta do what works best for them
Unless that involves practicing air squats and thinking it will help their weighted squats.
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Old 01-05-2011, 04:46 PM   #18
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Old 01-05-2011, 05:22 PM   #19
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Re: Correcting an Air Squat

Jameson, if you're new to lifting/CF, and you're in Philadelphia, stop by my affiliate sometime (WFS). We're in between spaces right now but the new space should be opening within a week or two. Our coaches are both very gifted in teaching all forms of the squat. And deadlift. And a number of other things. You should come by.
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Old 01-05-2011, 05:55 PM   #20
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Re: Correcting an Air Squat

Put some weight on a bar, even a moderate amount, and post a video of that. Even if it were possible to have perfect air squat form -- whatever that means -- adding weight changes the balance points. The only way to learn how to squat with weight is to squat with weight. Doing 100 air squats 4-5 times a week is really not a productive use of your time.

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