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Old 06-09-2011, 06:39 AM   #1
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Squat Form - Starting Strength

This is my 3rd set of 200x5. I began SS one month ago, started my squat at 135. Any critiques/advice would be appreciated, just trying to get better. Will have some power clean video soon as well. Thanks in advance!

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Old 06-09-2011, 07:57 AM   #2
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Re: Squat Form - Starting Strength

Looked very stable, but they looked a little high. Imagine going 6 inches deeper and you should be fine (I don't think you need 6 inches, but when you start to reach parallel every inch seems like a mile).

SS people want you to keep your head looking slightly down not up. My personal experience agrees that it helps get hip drive and it seems to lock me in place better for the squat. When I have my head up, sometimes it keeps me too upright.

And for comfort your wrists are bent back, which might be tolerable now, but as the weight goes up this can really strain your wrists and leave to much of the weight on your hands. SS would like you to put your thumbs over the bar with your fingers and use the hand to pin the weight to your back instead of hold the weight.

I think these things are pretty easy to correct, so good work.
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Old 06-09-2011, 08:13 AM   #3
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Re: Squat Form - Starting Strength

Thanks Robert, how are the stones holding up?
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Old 06-09-2011, 08:24 AM   #4
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Re: Squat Form - Starting Strength

I think the med ball may help to give an idea where you can go to. At least in the interim. We'll play around with it and then remove the ball on the 2nd and 3rd sets to see if you hit it.
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I think the med ball may help to give an idea where you can go to. At least in the interim. We'll play around with it and then remove the ball on the 2nd and 3rd sets to see if you hit it.
Jeez who was the a-hole working the camera on this one?
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Jeez who was the a-hole working the camera on this one?
Some idiot for sure...
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Old 06-09-2011, 09:49 AM   #7
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Re: Squat Form - Starting Strength

I'm not an expert, so I'm curious about this: Does the bar look a little high for low bar squat as Rip teaches it?
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Old 06-09-2011, 10:46 AM   #8
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Re: Squat Form - Starting Strength

Justin--the stones rock. My brother and I had a great workout taking turns lifting the 115, it's mean and tough on the arms.

The 175 is a beast. My short arms have troubles getting around it so I really have to clench it to clear the ground. I'm focusing on the 115 in the meantime. On top of it, they are awesome lawn ornaments.

Matt--I would agree the bar looks a little high. I think of low bar as sitting just on or above the ridges of the scapula and the video looks like there is some room between those anatomical landmarks.
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Old 06-09-2011, 03:39 PM   #9
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Re: Squat Form - Starting Strength

I personally prefer the high bar back squat because it translates better into the Olympic Lifts. Rip's methodology will work for either type of back squat. He trains low bar because he teaches powerlifting. Its a matter of preference IMO.

Squats look good though. Keep at it.
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Old 06-10-2011, 03:53 AM   #10
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Re: Squat Form - Starting Strength

Look pretty decent. Would definitely try squatting to a med ball to see where you're at depth-wise, however. Would also work on your wrist/thumb position, as stated above.

Good video here (WFS) on why Rippetoe believes Olympic lifters should squat with the lo-bar position (due to the greater similarity between the low bar position and the pull).
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