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Old 03-06-2011, 06:22 AM   #11
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Re: Squatting Advice (Mirrors & Lowering Speed)

Just one more opinion. Mark Rippletoe suggests looking at the floor a few feet in front of your feet. In his dvd, it is pretty dramatic when he asks his clients to look forward and has them lift from the bottom while pushing down on their hips and then to do the same movement while looking at the mat.

Huge difference. Even the bigger guys had problems getting out of the bottom if they looked forward or up as compared to looking at the deck a few feet in front of them.

The movement from the bottom should start with your hips moving upwards. This advice has helped me. Just another perspective.
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Old 03-06-2011, 08:03 AM   #12
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Re: Squatting Advice (Mirrors & Lowering Speed)

I think looking at the floor is to keep the head in a neutral position, and not hyperextended, because the torso is going to bow over in a low-bar squat.
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Old 03-06-2011, 08:07 AM   #13
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Re: Squatting Advice (Mirrors & Lowering Speed)

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The movement from the bottom should start with your hips moving upwards. This advice has helped me. Just another perspective.
Sorry but no. to a new trainee all this is going tto do is cause them to dump their chest and go up on the toes.
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Old 03-06-2011, 04:01 PM   #14
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Re: Squatting Advice (Mirrors & Lowering Speed)

Movement should be as a single bodily unit. Hips and shoulders move in unison up and out of the squat. Not back and out as that will cause you to have to pretty much good morning that bar up.
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Old 03-10-2011, 02:35 PM   #15
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Re: Squatting Advice (Mirrors & Lowering Speed)

low-bar squats =/= high-bar squats.

High-bar: look straight ahead
Low-bar: do what Rippetoe suggests
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Old 03-10-2011, 03:02 PM   #16
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Re: Squatting Advice (Mirrors & Lowering Speed)

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Just one more opinion. Mark Rippletoe suggests looking at the floor a few feet in front of your feet. In his dvd, it is pretty dramatic when he asks his clients to look forward and has them lift from the bottom while pushing down on their hips and then to do the same movement while looking at the mat.

Huge difference. Even the bigger guys had problems getting out of the bottom if they looked forward or up as compared to looking at the deck a few feet in front of them.
I haven't seen the DVD, so maybe I'm not understanding it correctly, but if he is pushing on the hips directly then OF COURSE it's going to be harder looking up! That demonstration would apply to a belted squat much better than a barbell squat.
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Old 03-10-2011, 03:07 PM   #17
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Re: Squatting Advice (Mirrors & Lowering Speed)

Yeah, guys, he was pushing directly on the hips in a full down position. I was only passing on information that helped me. He also suggested forcing your knees outwards which seemed strange to me, but also has helped.

Sounds like many more years of experience coming to bare. Like I said, it was just my opinion and also that of someone without many years of experience.

I squat for fitness and am not normally pushing the type of loads many of you do for reps.
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Old 03-10-2011, 03:26 PM   #18
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Yeah, guys, he was pushing directly on the hips in a full down position. I was only passing on information that helped me. He also suggested forcing your knees outwards which seemed strange to me, but also has helped.
Externally rotating the hips is good advice and cueing someone to shove the knees out is how you get most people to do that.

Fwiw, I'm a Rip fan, but there are small things I don't agree with.
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