does anybody else do this?
when i do squats i seem to sort of pull down with my arms putting more weight on it and i cant help it
could anybody help?
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If you are really worried about it, though, my guess is that you are lacking a little flexibility in your shoulders and this is what is causing you to pull at the bar. Its a little hard for me to be sure not seeing pictures or video, however. You could try squatting with fewer fingers on the bar to see if this is the problem.
When you pull down on the bar, it's like doing a pull-up, so there are forces lifting you up to cancel out the ones pushing you down.
And not make a big difference? Let's say you way 200 lbs and you're doing the equivelent of a full chinup (exageration, of course), then thats 200 lbs more you could be squatting.
Next time try and press up like a shoulder press and see if the weight is lighter, lol.
Seriously, I was just kidding. Don't do that and mess yourself up.
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Basically, if you have a closed system (i.e. the bar and you combined under gravity) you can't add more energy to the system. If you were pulling down on the bar and somehow achieving more weight on your legs, you'd be contradicting this law of physics. Imagine you are stationary and the bar is resting on your shoulders. All of your energy is potential energy, defined as mass x gravity x height. Now, by pulling down on the bar but not moving, all your energy is still potential. But if your legs had to 'move more mass', the mass for the second potential would be higher and thus you would have added energy to a closed system.
On the other hand, as a side note, it turns out that you can make a pullup easier by swinging your legs up in the middle of it, but thats a different story.
I hope that helps explain it.
You should be trying to "pull" your elbows forward as you squat, not downward. Pulling your elbows forward should help you maintain proper upper body positioning.
A child does not learn to squat from the top down. In other words, he does not suddenly make a conscious decision one day to squat. Actually, he is squatting one day and make the conscious decision to stand. Squatting precedes standing in the developmental sequence. This is the way a child's brain learns to use the body as the child develops movement patterns. Therefore, a child is probably crawling, rocks back into a squatting position with the back completely relaxed and the hips completely flexed, and stands when he has enough hip strength. This approach makes a lot of sense and can be applied to relearning the deep squat movement if it is lost. -Gray Cook
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