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Old 04-17-2008, 11:31 AM   #1
David Gessen
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Squat form critique

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=aJdNOEh8BHw
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So how is it? I've noticed my knees are beyond the toes.
NO it is not a flexibility problem because I can squat an inch from the wall and not touch with my knees with the wall.
This is a good achievement for me because I squat here my body weight - 132lbs.


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Old 04-17-2008, 12:19 PM   #2
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Re: Squat form critique

your knees going past your toes is not a big deal and will happen as a matter of balance, just make sure the weight is staying on your heels which it looks like it does. your form looks pretty good overall, though the camera angle is a little hard to see your back curvature. only thing i saw was your knees collapsing in a little bit when you come up, really try to push those knees out so your thighs stay parrallel with yoru feet, it will give you a better base

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Old 04-17-2008, 01:50 PM   #3
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Re: Squat form critique

Take a better video.

This angle works best for squatting:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=Y4hmjm4CUak (WFS)
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Old 04-17-2008, 02:04 PM   #4
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Re: Squat form critique

Think about keeping your chest up at the bottom. It looks like the upper back is rounding as you come out of the bounce and that probably impacts the rest of the spinal alignment (although it's tough to tell in this video). From the looks of it, keeping the chest up should be enough to keep you pushing through your heels and squatting with good form.
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Old 04-17-2008, 04:08 PM   #5
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Re: Squat form critique

I agree with Patrick and would also add that your butt should go back as much as possible in the first move. I think this will help prevent some of the rounding.
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Old 04-17-2008, 05:27 PM   #6
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Re: Squat form critique

Try to front squat more, it will teach you some better form. You lean over quite a bit and good morning it up because its a bit too much weight for you. Lower the weight and learn to sit back.
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Old 04-17-2008, 06:47 PM   #7
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Re: Squat form critique

You really need to get a copy of starting strength. Your knees come way, way in on the ascent. They should stay inline with your feet the entire time. You WILL mess up your knees if you keep doing that.

Your wrists should also be flat, not supporting the weight of the bar like you have them.
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Old 04-17-2008, 11:25 PM   #8
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Re: Squat form critique

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your knees going past your toes is not a big deal and will happen as a matter of balance, just make sure the weight is staying on your heels which it looks like it does. your form looks pretty good overall, though the camera angle is a little hard to see your back curvature. only thing i saw was your knees collapsing in a little bit when you come up, really try to push those knees out so your thighs stay parrallel with yoru feet, it will give you a better base

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Take a better video.

This angle works best for squatting:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=Y4hmjm4CUak (WFS)
next time I'll do that.

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Think about keeping your chest up at the bottom. It looks like the upper back is rounding as you come out of the bounce and that probably impacts the rest of the spinal alignment (although it's tough to tell in this video). From the looks of it, keeping the chest up should be enough to keep you pushing through your heels and squatting with good form.
Chest up, got it.
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I agree with Patrick and would also add that your butt should go back as much as possible in the first move. I think this will help prevent some of the rounding.
ok thanks
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Try to front squat more, it will teach you some better form. You lean over quite a bit and good morning it up because its a bit too much weight for you. Lower the weight and learn to sit back.
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You really need to get a copy of starting strength. Your knees come way, way in on the ascent. They should stay inline with your feet the entire time. You WILL mess up your knees if you keep doing that.

Your wrists should also be flat, not supporting the weight of the bar like you have them.
I will push my knees outward like I said.
How the wrists should be flat while the elbows are back?

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Old 04-18-2008, 12:06 AM   #9
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Try to front squat more, it will teach you some better form. You lean over quite a bit and good morning it up because its a bit too much weight for you. Lower the weight and learn to sit back.
Do you think I should do front squats as a warm up to the back squats?
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Old 04-18-2008, 03:57 AM   #10
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Do you think I should do front squats as a warm up to the back squats?
No. You could do them as an occasional variation, but you don't need any tricks to get your back squat form down. Just keep working on the back squat. It's a fundamental exercise that allows you to develop pure strength and has simpler techniqe requirements than the front squat.
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