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Old 10-19-2012, 03:57 AM   #1
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Flexibility issues and lifts

Looking to see if anyone has a set of stretches either static or dynamic that will help me get into a lower/more balanced squat position when beginning a deadlift/clean/snatch.

Watching videos of these guys toss up heavy weights I feel my form is decent except for my starting position, I just can't seem to get my a** low enough and chest up without feeling completely off balance.

Any help is appreciated!
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Old 10-19-2012, 06:09 AM   #2
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Re: Flexibility issues and lifts

Post video.

It can be mobility. It can also be body type. If you have long arms and legs compared to your torso you will not be able to start from the same position as someone like me who has a relatively long torso with short legs and arms.
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Old 10-19-2012, 08:07 AM   #3
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Re: Flexibility issues and lifts

That start position, I dont think, is meant to be comfortable. You have to be squeezed into it, like loading a rubber band, just to have it snap back, resulting in you lifting the weight.

I do feel though, that it is mainly a glute and hamstring stretch. A standing or seated forward bend is pretty basic. The catch is this: you MUST learn to arch your back. If you simply just fold over into forward bend, your back will be rounded, and yes this will strecth your hammies. But to really get the glutes and upper hammies, you will need to lengthen your torso by arching your back. To put another way, bring your belly closer to your thighs versus your head closer to your shins. You are basically doing a straight leg deadlift.
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Re: Flexibility issues and lifts

search mobility wod (WFS) The single best site for this stuff.

W/no video, I bet it is tight hamstrings, hip, or ankle flexibility.
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Old 10-19-2012, 06:28 PM   #5
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Re: Flexibility issues and lifts

I'll post a video ASAP. Not much time working midnights for 10 hour shifts and splitting family time.

Yes I've followed some mobility wod stuff and have his book on preorder right now. I'll be the first to admit I'm not flexible at all. I can get into a good squat position but when I go to grab the bar I feel my arms are too long and they bend which I know is a no no l, so I sacrifice squat depth and end up lifting partially with my back.
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