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Old 11-13-2014, 04:56 AM   #21
Gilles Dhooghe
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Re: Any tips for squatting and keeping back straighter/more vertical.

What has worked wonders for me is that the last thing I focus on before starting the squat is tightening those abs.
If you keep them tight throughout the movement, your pelvis will follow your chest. So if you then push your chest up, your pelvis will follow and not tilt back, with all those dreaded consequences.
It's easy to overlook, but it is the main muscle connecting upper and lower body, no?

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Old 11-14-2014, 09:14 AM   #22
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Re: Any tips for squatting and keeping back straighter/more vertical.

I've been working on my ankle mobility and it has helped me so much on my squat. I can keep my chest raised more which eliminates some back pain, and I can lift more as well. It's a great thing all around. I'm no expert on the specifics, but Mobility WOD has a great video on ankle mobility
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Old 11-19-2014, 06:45 AM   #23
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Re: Any tips for squatting and keeping back straighter/more vertical.

Originally Posted by Mark E. Wallace View Post
BTW, opinions vary, but I think I could listen to Pat Sherwood teach all day. Love his style, method, and sense of humor.

- Mark
Thanks for the video Mark!

I never understood the push out the knees cue, but it makes sense how he explained the point is to move the pelvis forward to stretch the groin and get more vertical.

That weight held forward seems like a really helpful progression too.

Style points for the presentation definitely...
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