Ok, so I am working on my squat form. I am finding it very difficult to keep my heel secured on the ground when I bottom out. Is this something I should focus on correcting, or would it be within acceptable form to use the ball of my feet when I am pushing up?
I don't want to get lazy with form, that's my biggest concern to protect my back and knees.
Translation: Learn to squat on the flats of my feet.
Learn to squat in a power cage. Ditch Smith for squats.
Thanks Built, I'll try that next time.
I'm going to take it nice and slow, so I've got plenty of time to get the form correct.
I started squatting when I was fat and out of shape, and I just squatted my BODY. I gradually added dumbbells, worked my way up to 20 lbs a side, then I could handle the bar.
I gradually added weight to the Oly bar a little at a time.
Take it slow, go all the way down, ass out, chest out, strong arch.
Glad you're digging the lifting.
Also, try widening your stance a bit until you get more flexibility.
You'll likely want to narrow it up a bit over time, but this is a very good idea while you're getting the form down.
Every bit of advice is apperciated!
You know you're hooked when you can't wait to go to the gym and try out new ideas.
Sit back. Drive with your heels.
Listen, if you fall forward while squatting, what happens? SPLAT!
If you fall backward while squatting, what happens? BANG! (But no splat. Get it?)
Stats: Age: 34 Weight: 205 Height: 5'6"
Gym PRs: Squat:635 Bench:560 Deadlift:495
Meet PRs: Squat:575 Bench:520 Deadlift:510 Total: 1605@220
No splat, but I'll feel like a total moron.
But you're right, better to be humiliated than to be dead.
Wow, never thought of it that way. It takes time to get the form and flexibility right. Leave your ego outside, and use light weights until your form is good.Originally Posted by drew