Here are some squats from last weeks ME day. The form looked a lot better on my little digital camera screen.
235lbs-i recomend skipping straight to :35 sec. Im just jacking around
First, I would unrack/rack the bar a notch lower. Get as tight as possible under the bar. Take a big gulp of air and hold it threw the entire rep. Try to go deeper also, you want your hip to be parallel or lower than the knee. Check out the Squat Rx videos, I learned so much from watching them over the winter and taping my form all the time.
I will let some of the more experienced guys comment on your actual form. The thing I did notice right off the bat was that you rack the bar on a really high pin. As the weight gets heavier you may have a hard time getting the bar out without ruining bar position as well as risking injury.
EDIT: Someone beat me to it haha.
Thanks guy, tomorrow is my ME squat again so ill have more videos tomorrow with hopefully some changes.Any other suggestions?
Last edited by slashkills; 04-12-2009 at 08:55 PM.
I squatted pretty close to your form when I started. I've had to overhaul my form twice to fix it. How far apart are your feet? The key to squatting is to arch big and push your knees out. If you do those two things, then squatting is 100 times easier.
Your initiate the squat decently with pushing your hips back. When you do that, focus on arching your back really hard. It's pretty much impossible to arch too hard. Lower back and ab work will help you arch better. Then just keep sitting back AND pushing your knees out. Your knees start to slide forward which is bad. It makes it really hard to hit depth unless you go ATG. If you arch hard and push your knees out, then it's 100 times easier to get depth. Judging from where you cut it and how it looks, you're hamstrings and glutes are probably weak. You're squatting in the range where it's all quads. Do a lot of accessory work to make your hamstrings and glutes stronger.
VERY NICE SQUATTING MAN. i could be wrong on this but those looked pretty high to me. however very nice squatting regardless of that.
yeah i just hope once ei put on weight i wont lose balance. i usually have better balance with weight however. idk ill see how 135 feels on tuesday then go up fromthere.
Last edited by rctriplefresh5; 04-13-2009 at 01:52 AM.
First of all, props for squatting, and props for posting vids of yourself squatting and asking for advice. Getting picked apart by a bunch of strangers can be pretty harrowing sometimes.
You're not going low enough. Your 225 video is very, very close, though still not quiet there. I don't know what your goals are, but I would consider going at least a good 2 inches below parallel and staying consistent with that. I know you're really considered with squatting more weight, and I know the 10-20 lb drop in weight it will take to make that depth is kind of killer on the ego, but its worth it in the long run.
Stay tighter. On your second video you look pretty loose. Take a big breath of air before you squat and push out the abs out.
Someone already addressed this, but arch more. Push your chest up more too. Chest high, strong arch, and your back will stay more erect which creates less torque on your lower back (i.e. will make the weight easier to squat once your hamstrings, quads, and glutes are stronger). This will probably also make it easier to hit depth.
Besides that there's really not much else to critique.
Stats: 11/15/07-First-meet--2nd Meet----3rd meet
Max Bench: 255---220-----------280------300
Max Squat: 405----395----------440------460
CHINUPS - Bodyweight + 135, x1, dead hang. Still working on the one arm chinup.
Ok thanks everyone. I will have more videos up of tonights stuff with your suggestions. Hopefully you see a difference.