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Old 04-21-2013, 10:49 PM   #1
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Squat Inquiry!

Let's do it. I need help fixing my squat form. I try to combine high bar and low bar, but I find when I look at my form it is off.

I also believe it is confusing watching form videos on youtube or other places.

Post pics, vids, advice etc to help others fix their squat form and increase their weight!
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Old 04-21-2013, 10:51 PM   #2
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How to Squat Low
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-taken from the vid --> squat down as if you're going to take a ****.

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Old 04-22-2013, 04:04 AM   #4
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There is a difference between "good form" and "perfect form". This isn't the Olympics, so don't spend too much time obsessing over being exactly 100% perfect. While good form is very important, I find that people get too wrapped up in the intricacies and nuances, and they then lose sight of the main objective of the issue. Be sure that you have a legitimate concern, and that it isn't just some form of OCD narcissism that many people tend to develop when they over-think an issue.
Was your back straight? Did you go down low enough? Did you have your legs generally at or past shoulder width apart, or some variation that is comfortable for you? Is the travel path of the bare generally vertical when you go up and down? If the answers are "yes", then stop worrying about being 1" too far forward or not having your knees spread exactly 39 apart or whatever.

Just my $0.02 on the matter. Like I said, form is important. Just be sure you're not over-thinking it.
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Let's do it. I need help fixing my squat form. I try to combine high bar and low bar, but I find when I look at my form it is off.

I also believe it is confusing watching form videos on youtube or other places.

Post pics, vids, advice etc to help others fix their squat form and increase their weight!
What's with this high bar/low bar stuff?
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Old 04-22-2013, 03:39 PM   #7
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Old 04-22-2013, 03:40 PM   #8
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I know what the statement references. My question is....why are you doing high bar/low bar squats. Sit the sh|t on your traps like everybody else who knows how to squat properly does, and squat. All that high bar/low bar stuff is nonsense.

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Old 04-22-2013, 03:52 PM   #9
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I don't think we have the trap development to do a low bar squat safely anyways kushy
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I know what the statement references. My question is....why are you doing high bar/low bar squats. Sit the sh|t on your traps like everybody else who knows how to squat properly does, and squat. All that high bar/low bar stuff is nonsense.
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The form on front squat in above pic is incorrect. Elbows are not parallel to the ground.
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The form on front squat in above pic is incorrect. Elbows are not parallel to the ground.
It's perfectly fine. Anatomically, my body will not allow I my elbows parallel to the ground. You know how much that affects my progress? 0. I'm still lifting the weight.

It's also from your beloved starting strength book, the one that you reference every time dumbbell presses come up.

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I said the form in pic ain't right, I said nothing about the book. It's one of the best books on strength.

If I don't keep my elbows parallel to the ground (I see them pointing at me in mirror) my whole body leans forward. Maybe it works for you, but people new to FS like me will have problems if they don't keep their elbows up.

Plus, you were just telling e46M guy in the other thread to keep his elbow up. Why are you changing your mind now? lol, I know why.

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It's perfectly fine. Anatomically, my body will not allow I my elbows parallel to the ground. You know how much that affects my progress? 0. I'm still lifting the weight.

It's also from your beloved starting strength book, the one that you reference every time dumbbell presses come up.
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Your choice. Don't come here asking for form help if you don't want to listen. Remember, you're the weakling!


Truthfully I neglected legs for way too long. The reason I like low bar position is because when I place the bar on my traps it feels unstable and painful.

I'll post some vids so you can critique my form and I'll go from there.
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I said the form in pic ain't right, I said nothing about the book. It's one of the best books on strength.

If I don't keep my elbows parallel to the ground (I see them pointing at me in mirror) my whole body leans forward. Maybe it works for you, but people new to FS like me will have problems if they don't keep their elbows up.

Plus, you were just telling e46M guy in the other thread to keep his elbow up. Why are you changing your mind now? lol, I know why.
Keep them up as much as possible. Doesn't mean having them slightly down is a bad thing. As long as you're not leaning it's fine.
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How long do you guys rest for heavy sets where you struggle for say 3-4 reps?

I rest for about 5 minutes before my two heaviest sets. Started timing the rest on my phone and it feels like an eternity
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I said the form in pic ain't right, I said nothing about the book. It's one of the best books on strength.

If I don't keep my elbows parallel to the ground (I see them pointing at me in mirror) my whole body leans forward. Maybe it works for you, but people new to FS like me will have problems if they don't keep their elbows up.

Plus, you were just telling e46M guy in the other thread to keep his elbow up. Why are you changing your mind now? lol, I know why.
thats pretty damn parallel if you ask me. though its almost impossible to have the bar that far in your palm with your elbows up unless you are freakishly flexible.
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How long do you guys rest for heavy sets where you struggle for say 3-4 reps?

I rest for about 5 minutes before my two heaviest sets. Started timing the rest on my phone and it feels like an eternity
about the same.
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Keep them up as much as possible. Doesn't mean having them slightly down is a bad thing. As long as you're not leaning it's fine.
I only use index and middle fingers to hold the bar with Olympic grip, that allows me to keep elbows pointing at me in mirror. It was hard the first few workouts, but it made a day and night difference once I started going a bit heavy.
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thats pretty damn parallel if you ask me. though its almost impossible to have the bar that far in your palm with your elbows up unless you are freakishly flexible.
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