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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Itís no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

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    Please give feedback on squat

    I've been squatting for about a month. Right now I feel fairly confident that my form is good. Please take a look at these videos and let me know. I noticed that I am not going down as far as I should. Other than that I feel my form is decent.

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    FOr whatever reason, your squats at 225 were the best, you could probably go a little bit lower on the other ones... Your form looks pretty good though.
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    You look like you're coming up on your toes. Sit back further and really push your knees out to the side. You're also a little bit high, especially on the 245.

    I'd also try to get a little bit tighter before you unrack the weight. Take a deep breath and hold it.

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    I would try to get down much further, but you already noticed that. You also need to start the movement at the hips, not the knees. Sit back on your heels more like jorge noted and you should be good.
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    Deeper for sure. Just about all of your squats were too high. Sit back more as well. All ya need is some more flexibility and your money.

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    Several things.

    If you look at your standing position, your upper body is too far forward, stretch your hip flexors and stay more upright.

    I don't think you were going on your toes at all.

    I assume you are squatting for all round strength and muscular development, if so I advise you continue to squat as you are with more depth. The rest are advising you to sit back more... I disagree, you are breaking evenly with the hips and the knees. If you are not a competitive powerlifter I see no need for you to sit back and not allow the knees to move forward. Squat up, squat down.

    If however you wish to only squat to parallel for power lifting... that's a different story.

    It will help you immensely to invest in some heeled Olympic weightlifting shoes, they will make your depth far easier and allow you maintain a much more tight upright position.

    Also, use a high bar position, it would be easier for this style of squatting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuzzy View Post
    Several things.

    If you look at your standing position, your upper body is too far forward, stretch your hip flexors and stay more upright.

    I don't think you were going on your toes at all.

    I assume you are squatting for all round strength and muscular development, if so I advise you continue to squat as you are with more depth. The rest are advising you to sit back more... I disagree, you are breaking evenly with the hips and the knees. If you are not a competitive powerlifter I see no need for you to sit back and not allow the knees to move forward. Squat up, squat down.

    If however you wish to only squat to parallel for power lifting... that's a different story.

    It will help you immensely to invest in some heeled Olympic weightlifting shoes, they will make your depth far easier and allow you maintain a much more tight upright position.

    Also, use a high bar position, it would be easier for this style of squatting.
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    Thanks guys, I really appreciate your feedbacks.

    Right now I will focus on dropping my butt lower to the floor. I probably won't increase the weight, in fact I might need to drop the weights in order to hit the floor, we will see. On the subject of sitting back more on my heels, since their are mix responses, I am going to continue to do what I am doing now. It may look like I am using my toes from the video, but I really don't feel that I am.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hellagrant View Post
    I've been squatting for about a month. Right now I feel fairly confident that my form is good. Please take a look at these videos and let me know. I noticed that I am not going down as far as I should. Other than that I feel my form is decent.
    I am not into powerlifting at all, but from a bodybuilding perspective your squats are right on point. You might want to drop a little lower and less bounce at the bottom, but other than that, your form is tight.

    But again this is from a bodybuilding perspective...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daone View Post
    I am not into powerlifting at all, but from a bodybuilding perspective your squats are right on point. You might want to drop a little lower and less bounce at the bottom, but other than that, your form is tight.

    But again this is from a bodybuilding perspective...
    ??? Even from a BB perspective, wouldn't you want a fuller range of motion?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daone View Post
    I am not into powerlifting at all, but from a bodybuilding perspective your squats are right on point. You might want to drop a little lower and less bounce at the bottom, but other than that, your form is tight.

    But again this is from a bodybuilding perspective...
    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Moore View Post
    ??? Even from a BB perspective, wouldn't you want a fuller range of motion?
    I think Daone was stating that the over all style was correct, but that the depth was lacking. I agree, the OP breaks evenly with the hips and the knees and looks like he is in a good position for a full squat, but obviously the depth was lacking.
    Being a strong teenager means nothing.

    My wrists hurt, but some people don't have wrists to be sore. My knees have tendinitis, but some people don't have legs to get tendinitis in. I seem to be going backwards with training, yet some people can't even walk let alone lift 400 pounds on a daily basis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuzzy View Post
    I think Daone was stating that the over all style was correct, but that the depth was lacking. I agree, the OP breaks evenly with the hips and the knees and looks like he is in a good position for a full squat, but obviously the depth was lacking.
    Exactly, his form is tight just needs more depth and also no bounce he seemed to bounce somewhat and I believe there should be a slight pause at the bottom and then explode up from the pocket.

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