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Old 09-19-2013, 06:17 PM   #1
Phillip James
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Back squat form problems

Hey all,

I'm having lots of trouble with my back squat. Whenever the weight gets anywhere close to 90% of my 1 rep max, my chest falls and my back curves (it looks like I'm doing a good-morning/back squat at the same time)... I always squat with a high bar olympic style with my legs a tad wider than shoulder width apart and my toes are pointed slightly outward. My legs are plenty strong and I know I can squat more, as my deadlift is 505, however, whenever I squat something as light as 275, I end up using my back. I have tried some mobility and intensive stretching in my warm up before squatting, but have seen no progress. Is there anything I can do to improve my back squat form and become stronger?

Thank you so much!
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Old 09-19-2013, 06:38 PM   #2
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Re: Back squat form problems

Post a vid in Digital Coaching.

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Old 09-19-2013, 06:59 PM   #3
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Re: Back squat form problems

Would have to be either a lower back or a core strength issue, I would think.

Either way, agree with Mark - video evidence would confirm.
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Old 09-19-2013, 08:18 PM   #4
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Re: Back squat form problems

Agree with others, post vid.

Are you pushing your knees out on the way up and down so your body can pass through your hips? If not sometimes peoples torsos fold onto their legs

Do you initiate the squat with hips back first? For high bar oly, it's not as extreme as a low bar squat, but you still let the hips unlock first before the knees. If you do all knee and little hip, it's easy to get pushed forward and have to use low back.

When you come out of the hole do you drive your hips or start with your head? Some people if they drive the hip first automatically good morning.

How high are your elbows pointed? If your chest is collapsing try to get your elbows more under the bar.

Finally, do you get good air your abdomen locking your torso in place? Need a firm buddha belly when squatting.
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Old 09-19-2013, 08:58 PM   #5
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Re: Back squat form problems

seems like a core problem..it should not be such of a problem with high back squat as with low
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