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Old 03-01-2011, 01:52 PM   #11
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Re: Keeping chest up on back squats

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I struggle to keep my chest up on squats when approaching my 1RM. Can anyone give me some ideas on what I can do to help this? It is definitely limiting my lifts. Sorry no video.
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Old 03-01-2011, 01:54 PM   #12
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Explain why Tupac is dead and Justin Bieber lives on.

I mean, some things are just beyond my comprehension.

That is a CrossFit video on how to perform an air squat.

What it has to do with a weighted back squat, I do not know.

***Cue angry mob music as the hordes of people who think air squats transfer to weighted squats run to burn me at the stake***
Granted, but the cue of keeping a tall torso crosses over from an air squat to a high bar back squat. Raising hands overhead ensures this tall torso, so surely it could help? It's certainly helped me.
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Old 03-01-2011, 01:58 PM   #13
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Granted, but the cue of keeping a tall torso crosses over from an air squat to a high bar back squat. Raising hands overhead ensures this tall torso, so surely it could help? It's certainly helped me.
If it has helped you, then go with it.

Spraying myself in glitter, wearing booty shorts, and listening to Nicki Minaj seems to "help" me.

As long as you're not listening to Justin Bieber to improve your squat, I might be able to overlook any future transgressions on your part.
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Old 03-01-2011, 02:04 PM   #14
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If it has helped you, then go with it.

Spraying myself in glitter, wearing booty shorts, and listening to Nicki Minaj seems to "help" me.

As long as you're not listening to Justin Bieber to improve your squat, I might be able to overlook any future transgressions on your part.
Since my most favourite video is of Bieber getting shot, you do not need to worry.
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Old 03-01-2011, 02:07 PM   #15
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Re: Keeping chest up on back squats

I will try to get some video and post it. Thanks for everyones help and advice.
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Old 03-01-2011, 02:28 PM   #16
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Re: Keeping chest up on back squats

Does it happen all the time, or only at heavy weights?
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Old 03-01-2011, 02:36 PM   #17
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Re: Keeping chest up on back squats

You are probably long limbed/short torso'd. Your body has a tendency to offload the legs (relatively weak) onto your (relatively strong) back.

My wife has the same issue, especially when her core is smoked from something else.

Good mornings help as well as bent over rows. Basically strengthen that position so you can fight to keep the chest up. Back off on the squat max a bit while you work on that.

http://www.t-nation.com/free_online_...verages_part_i (WFS but don't stray far or it might not be)

http://www.t-nation.com/free_online_...erages_part_ii (WFS but don't stray far or it might not be)
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Old 03-01-2011, 02:36 PM   #18
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Re: Keeping chest up on back squats

I'm going to throw in my novice speculation. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.

Squatting is a compound movement so there is no reason why all components should be equally strong. Having trouble keeping the chest up being the limiting factor sounds to me like there might be some benefit from some supplemental exercises that target the chest up movement. Would some good mornings help?
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I'm going to throw in my novice speculation. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.

Squatting is a compound movement so there is no reason why all components should be equally strong. Having trouble keeping the chest up being the limiting factor sounds to me like there might be some benefit from some supplemental exercises that target the chest up movement. Would some good mornings help?
The OP says that his hips are shooting up first before his chest, which is making it a sort of good morning, so bringing in exercises that require a tall chest, such as front squats would be more beneficial than a good morning.
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The OP says that his hips are shooting up first before his chest, which is making it a sort of good morning, so bringing in exercises that require a tall chest, such as front squats would be more beneficial than a good morning.
The links I posted describe the underlying issue which is causing him to "good morning" the weight up.
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