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Old 05-08-2008, 12:09 PM   #1
Tim M Vellutini
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DL form

31/m/175lbs

This is the last set of 3 that I did a few days back. I have had lower back problems in the past so I am hesitant to go very heavy on the DL, I would like to start lifting heavier but want to make sure my form is perfect first.

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Old 05-08-2008, 12:47 PM   #2
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Re: DL form

mid-line looks solid, but take a neutral position with your head - try focusing on a mark on the floor about 10 feet out in front of you.
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Old 05-08-2008, 12:54 PM   #3
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Re: DL form

Wish I were a better "coach" at these, but all I really noticed was that you're looking up an awful lot, and if I remember correctly, that's advised against in Starting Strength.

Edit: Stephen beat me to it
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Old 05-08-2008, 02:02 PM   #4
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Re: DL form

Dear God sir you have got to be looking almost directly above you! :-P The other guys said it but I just wanted to reinforce it, bring that head down! You should be looking at a spot 6-7 feet infront of you on the ground keeping your neck in line with your spine. Other than that your form looked stupendous! start adding the weight and look down

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Old 05-08-2008, 04:07 PM   #5
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Re: DL form

Thank you all for you input, I never realized until it was mentioned but yes
my head is way up there. Thanks again
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Old 05-08-2008, 04:40 PM   #6
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Re: DL form

Another thing:
After the first rep - notice that your hips are not positioned as far back as at the start. Make sure to keep pushing them back far far back when lowering the bar.
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Old 05-09-2008, 03:37 AM   #7
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To go along with what Leonid said. You are bending your knees too early on the downward movement. You can notice this causing you to bring the bar out and around the knees before the weight gets below the knees.
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Old 05-09-2008, 03:58 PM   #8
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Re: DL form

Ok I think that the last two comments have directly to do with my lower back. It is when I am lowering the bar where it feels weak or something which is causing me not to get my hips back and prematurely bend my knees moving the weight around them.

So I guess I should just stay using lower weights until my lower back strength is there?
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