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    Please Critique My Form

    I've been lifting consistently with free weights for the past couple of years, but I've always lifted alone in my basement and garage, and I have a hard time telling if my form is right. I feel that my form could be holding me back. At 160, my current maxes are:
    Squat- 265
    Deadlift - 335
    Bench-225
    Shoulder Press-140
    Chins- bodyweight + 80

    Squatting: http://youtu.be/-P4DYYfyxmc

    Shoulder Press: http://youtu.be/WHsTJbvCz7g

    Deadlift: http://youtu.be/ae7XscbXz50

    Chins +45: http://youtu.be/cn3hr2Ha5j0

    I apologize for the poor lighting in the videos

    Thanks in advance for the help

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    I only watched the Sq and DL videos. The Squats look high and your wrists shouldn't break like that. There are also a few things going on with that DL, such as nearly no hip drive, a rounded back and no upper thoracic extension (which could all stem from and be remedied by the same thing). I would drop the weight on both until form is ironed out. Check out Elliot Hulse's videos on corrective deadlifting- they seem helpful. Good luck and be safe.
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    Thanks for the advice. I'll check out the videos.

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    Same here on the squat and dead videos. Your deadlift form is horrible and you are going to get injured unless you fix it. You need to flatten your back, drop your hips,and begin the initial drive with your legs.

    With the squats you don't want your knees to travel as far forward. Sit back as you squat down and push your knees out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris mason View Post
    Same here on the squat and dead videos. Your deadlift form is horrible and you are going to get injured unless you fix it. You need to flatten your back, drop your hips,and begin the initial drive with your legs.

    With the squats you don't want your knees to travel as far forward. Sit back as you squat down and push your knees out.
    I agree with this. Also, your feet might need to be slightly wider apart on the squat (and toes pointed out about 45 degrees if they are not already). It's hard to tell from the side, but it looks like your stance might be a little too narrow for you.

    There really is not one thing right about the deadlift. I would try to fix not rounding your lower back first and getting setup better.

    The other lifts look ok.
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    Thanks for all the help. Having always lifted alone, I didn't realize how bad my form was. I did deadlifts again today, lowering the weight and trying to address the things you all pointed out.

    Better Form?: http://youtu.be/1K17q2G0saQ

    Is this any better? I think my back is less rounded, but I'm still not sure if I'm using enough legs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andyw11 View Post
    Thanks for all the help. Having always lifted alone, I didn't realize how bad my form was. I did deadlifts again today, lowering the weight and trying to address the things you all pointed out.

    Better Form?: http://youtu.be/1K17q2G0saQ

    Is this any better? I think my back is less rounded, but I'm still not sure if I'm using enough legs.
    That's better, but you still want to drop your hips a bit more.

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