trying to break in my new suit, this was my 3rd time in it with the straps down. the lifts were all pretty ugly. the 545 was decent, but still high. the more times im in the suit the lower the squats get, though. i guess that gives me something to work for!
i'm just kind of proud of the video haha
comments, as always, are appreciated.
Last edited by Lones Green; 06-11-2008 at 01:32 PM.
you are definetely right travis, thats my biggest problem. when i don't hit depth when descending, i lean forward to try to get deeper - when in reality when you lean over it just makes your posterior shoot up.
the 545 was the cleanest of them, i did a pretty good job staying upright. the suit is getting broken in pretty well, i just need to sit back a bit more and i should be good.
thanks for the input bro.
You are very close to depth. Good work! Oh, and what Travis said.
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I can't tell on the last ones but your belt moved a ton on the first rep in that video. Are you pushing your abs out or tightening it enough?
I'M SO GLAD YOU POSTED THIS VIDEO! THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT MY FORM LOOKS LIKE AND MY BACK IS DAMN NEAR PARALLEL AT THE BOTTOM OF MY SQUAT!
HOW CAN HE AND I FIX THIS PROBLEM? The idea of sitting back would make you feel like you're falling backward won't it? How do you keep from falling backward on your squat when you sit back?
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chris- thanks for the kind words buddy.
reko- it was just in the first set. my belt has a tendancy to do slip upwards. i have no hips, so its hard for me to find the sweet spot for placement. it takes me awhile at the beginning of each session, but i found the right place after that set. thanks.
wicked- leaning forward is a pretty common problem. it has a lot to do with body type, and just a mental block for me. i get to a point where my belly and legs meet, and i almost just come to a stop. with gear it makes it even harder to break, so i try to lean forward subconciously to reach depth; when in reality, it just makes your posterior shoot upwards.
the only thing i know is to practice form a lot, i do it all day long without weight on my back. i need a box a bit higher than that, because once i hit the box i sit way back on it. its just getting to it is my problem. i would THINK a stronger low back might help this, but i'm not sure.
if anyone has any advice or exercises for prevention of leaning forward in the squat, please post them!!!!
A few things:
You are sitting down first, not back. This is helping you piss away the arch in your upper back and lean forward. This happened every set. This is also keeping you from sitting back in the suit. This in turn causes you to try to force depth and, in your case, lean over.
Try moving your grip in on the bar. If it hurts your shoulders/elbows, wrap your pinky UNDER the bar. Honestly, you should do this anyway, IMHO. Make sure you are pulling your elbows down hard. Yours tend to flare up and back which means your back isnt tight as it should be.
In the 495 set, you have no arch in your back at all. When you unrack the bar, you will see your hips shoot forward under the bar. If you were arched properly, your whole body would rise as a unit as the bar came off of the hooks. An easy fix for this is to setr the arch in your back, and then think of "spreading the floor" versus standing up with the weight. This is a HUGE problem we have when guys start squatting out of a monolift. Once remedied though, EVERY person has commented how much easier weights are unracked and squatted. A proper arch in your upper AND lower back is essential to a big squat.
It seems to me like you are looking for the box as well. DONT DO IT! LOL. The box wont move out from under you. I promise Just keep setting back, not down, until you make contact with the box. This will help reinforce the sitting back the whole time concept, which helps with a bunch of things we just discussed.
Also, Im not trying to be hyper-critical of you here. These are just some easy things to fix that will help your squat immensely. Once you get it right, you will be amazed at how differently weights feel. If you want I will check out the vids again later to see if there is other stuff, but this is all Ive got for right now
well for thewicked, I know its not because his back is weak haha. What kind of ab work are you guys doing? Leaning forward can be from insufficient or unbalanced core, or it can just be that the person needs to stay more upright. haha sometimes its just that simple. I'm definatly not the squat tech on this board though so wait for AJ or KingKong or Chris Rogers to chime in
well, this may be counter productive to pl squatting but have you tried a higher bar placement?
nice work man, keep it up and you'll have that suit figured out in no time
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Jason has given you some solid advice bro. Apply what he has told you and you'll be surprised at the difference it will make.
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Get outside of that rack and put your feet a little wider. You'll be surprised at how much easier the knees can be pushed out.
Other than that, don't fight the suit to get depth at this point. Add weight.
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u are definately very strong,,i do agree though that you need to sit back first(breaking at your hips should be the 1st thing you do...God bless
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thanks KING KONG and john bernor. i feel lucky to have you guys comment my video, and i hope you'll check em out next week to see if i've improved any.
Squatting the weight up:
Quadding the weight up:
You can see Mikes hips rotate forward as he quads the weight out of the rack, which destroys the arch in his back, and he loses the weight forward out of the bottom. Weve got him straightened out now though. Yes he trains with me I hope this helps clear it up a bit. If not, let me know, and I will try to go deeper with it.
That's an awesome explanation Jason - thanks for that.