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Old 03-05-2008, 10:10 PM   #1
Steven Quadros
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Rippetoe on Butt wink during Squats

Hey all, for my first post I figure I'd get an interesting discussion going.

I've been on SS for about three weeks; during this time, I've watched every squat video, stalked every Rippetoe site (************.com, crossfit), and some non Rip sites (Bodybuilding.com, stronglifts.com) learning all I could about the squat. I squat, squat stretch, and obsess about the squat entirely too much. My flexibility in the squat has gotten tons better, especially since seeing the airsquat demo on Crossfit's exercise page. The demostrator has little to no butt wink and maintains a great arch. The demonstrator is also a flexible female, similar to the one in starting strength who has, as Rip puts it, "great hamsting extensibility."

Long story short, here's a great link that helped me get over my fear of squatting and butt wink and just start squatting. I'm still working to achieve a nice arch and no butt wink, but not at the cost of squatting.

http://************.net/forum/showthread.php?t=177

A highlight, though the whole thing should be read:

" It is sometimes easy to confuse a position cue with an anatomical position. Just had a row with a buddy about this last week, in fact. I don't usually have any problem getting good depth with a decent back position. I agree with you about decent: perfect lordotic extension is not necessary, and that's not my criteria. Decent is safe, and safe need not be perfect. Coaches who insist that perfect flexibility in the hamstrings be present before loading up the squat 1.) will never get much done with novice athletes, and 2.) ignore the value of the loaded squat as a stretch. Sorry for the confusion, and thanks for keeping me honest.

It has been my experience that most people who have decent hamstring flexibility can get below parallel if their thighs are kept out of the way; the knees should track straight over the toes, the toes should be pointed out at about 30 degrees, and this allows the hips to drop into good depth 90% of the time." - Ripp

Hope this is of interest; it certainly helped me get over my fear of imperfection and just get squatting, though, to be fair, for most of you there'd be little fear of the minute weights I'm taking on.

Enjoy, Steve
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Old 03-06-2008, 06:40 AM   #2
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Re: Rippetoe on Butt wink during Squats

Here is some of the best video instruction on squats to add to your list.

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Old 03-06-2008, 12:18 PM   #3
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Re: Rippetoe on Butt wink during Squats

Thanks for the link. I agree but have kept my yap shut. A little wink is not ideal but it's hardly the issue some make it out to be.
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Old 03-06-2008, 01:19 PM   #4
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Re: Rippetoe on Butt wink during Squats

Agreed. I have a sneaking suspicion that in many cases, people point out butt winking because it's the only flaw their eye knows how to catch.
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Old 03-06-2008, 07:34 PM   #5
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Re: Rippetoe on Butt wink during Squats

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Agreed. I have a sneaking suspicion that in many cases, people point out butt winking because it's the only flaw their eye knows how to catch.
I have a sneaking suspicion that it's because people just stare at each other butts when they squat.
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Old 03-06-2008, 07:46 PM   #6
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Re: Rippetoe on Butt wink during Squats

I just think its Fun to say................Butt wink. Tee Hee
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Old 03-06-2008, 08:44 PM   #7
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Re: Rippetoe on Butt wink during Squats

I agree completely. For me, it's all about function. When are you ever going to touch your *** on the ground and then jump up? Below parallel squats are where it's at, but ATG is just ridiculous. I can't think of one scenario outside the weight room where you'd need to perform the movement.

David: IS there another reason to watch all the squat videos in the Digital Coaching section?
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