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Old 06-06-2013, 12:02 PM   #301
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Does this make your squat stronger, or prevent injury? I've read Rip saying keep them in line with your feet, whatever angle and width they're at.
I whole heartedly disagree with him in this regard. There are way too many variables for this to apply. When I do a wide stance squat it would be physically impossible to keep my knees in line with my feet. Another thing to consider is that people's feet naturally face different directions. Mine face quite a bit outward, even when I'm walking, and some have feet that face in. How could it be that every one of us should put our knees over our toes when everyone's stance and anatomy is different?

I believe in putting my feet at an angle where I feel both the most comfortable and the most stable. To me that's independent of where my knees go.

It makes your squat stronger and also makes it possible to reach depth with the proper hip hinge and an arched back, both of which are practically impossible if your knees go forward.
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Not too bad, but I do have a suggestion. You have a pretty good setup, but as you start to lift your butt raises some. In your case this is happening because you are slowly adding more tension until the bar comes off the ground. This is an issue that comes up a lot with the deadlift, and tends to get worse when the weight goes up. It will also keep you from pulling as much as you could if you make some changes.

You are creating tension before the bar actually starts to move, and this is actually a GOOD thing, but you need to go about it a little differently. Instead of raising your hips as you put force into the bar, do the opposite. Start with your hips high, then start to build tension as you LOWER your hips into position. It should feel like you are using the bar to pull your hips down into position. Once you actually get your hips down to where they need to be (not too low, but not too high) you should have a ton of tension through your whole body, especially in your hips and hamstrings. As this point you should RIP the bar off the ground in a single explosive movement, leading the whole upwards motion with your head. Your head goes first, and the bar just goes along for the ride.

The first time my wife used the technique I described above she immediately said that she didn't like it because it hurt her hamstrings. I told her that this was because it was the first time she had ever used her hamstrings during a deadlift!
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The first time my wife used the technique I described above she immediately said that she didn't like it because it hurt her hamstrings. I told her that this was because it was the first time she had ever used her hamstrings during a deadlift!
That's really interesting. I will certainly try that. I've never felt like I am getting my hamstrings into my deadlifts, it feels like pretty much all back for me. If I can figure out how to get my legs into it I should be lifting 500 in no time.
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That's really interesting. I will certainly try that. I've never felt like I am getting my hamstrings into my deadlifts, it feels like pretty much all back for me. If I can figure out how to get my legs into it I should be lifting 500 in no time.
It looks like all back. Don't worry, we all do that at some point. The first time I pulled 500 I looked just like your video. For some reason this thought of using the bar to pull yourself down into position almost automatically forces your hips to hinge correctly. The hip hinge is the key to using all the muscles of the posterior chain in a deadlift, especially the hamstrings.
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I like what you saying about deadlifting and have been trying to do this for the past couple months, but I don't feel like I really have the hang of it.

I've been pulling the slack out of the bar by pulling myself down into position, however I have a problem with initiating the pull. I feel like soemthing is off right from the get go sometimes and if I start the lift badly, it doesn't get any better although I can usually just muscle it up.

On warmups, I am pulling myself down and often the bar just pops up off the ground and I'm suddenly lifting it, which might be OK I think, but it doesn't feel like a smooth motion, it feels like I sort of catch the weight at my shins and then stand up. Like it's two parts, not one smooth lift.

Then, when the weight gets heavier, I am sort of expecting it to pop up, but it doesn't and I am have to "start" pulling it and it kind of just grinds off the floor. My start is so slow it feels like. But if I just get set and rip it, it seems like I end up using more back than legs.

I like what you said about getting the tension, then ripping it, but I aparently have trouble with actually doing that so I wonder if there's a cue for this or is it just a lot more practice getting the feel of when to start the lift?

Hope that made sense, you can check my log for plenty of videos, but I don't think they will help as this is more in how the lift feels than in how how it looks. I think they "look" fine.

Any thoughts on this are appreciated.
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I like what you saying about deadlifting and have been trying to do this for the past couple months, but I don't feel like I really have the hang of it.

I've been pulling the slack out of the bar by pulling myself down into position, however I have a problem with initiating the pull. I feel like soemthing is off right from the get go sometimes and if I start the lift badly, it doesn't get any better although I can usually just muscle it up.

On warmups, I am pulling myself down and often the bar just pops up off the ground and I'm suddenly lifting it, which might be OK I think, but it doesn't feel like a smooth motion, it feels like I sort of catch the weight at my shins and then stand up. Like it's two parts, not one smooth lift.

Then, when the weight gets heavier, I am sort of expecting it to pop up, but it doesn't and I am have to "start" pulling it and it kind of just grinds off the floor. My start is so slow it feels like. But if I just get set and rip it, it seems like I end up using more back than legs.

I like what you said about getting the tension, then ripping it, but I aparently have trouble with actually doing that so I wonder if there's a cue for this or is it just a lot more practice getting the feel of when to start the lift?

Hope that made sense, you can check my log for plenty of videos, but I don't think they will help as this is more in how the lift feels than in how how it looks. I think they "look" fine.

Any thoughts on this are appreciated.
The first time I did it I was suprised at how much tension it created as well. Instead of pulling up, just try to create tension in your body. Get everything tight with just a little tension on the bar, THEN rip it off the floor.
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Overall I think you have the pieces in place. My main advice is to think about leading with the head and pulling the bar towards to body. These cues generally help me to keep my natural leverages.

Your hips come up a bit but many times that's a case of finding a sweet spot to start your pull from.

Sink your hips until you feel that strong leverage point and then pull.
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Overall I think you have the pieces in place. My main advice is to think about leading with the head and pulling the bar towards to body. These cues generally help me to keep my natural leverages.

Your hips come up a bit but many times that's a case of finding a sweet spot to start your pull from.

Sink your hips until you feel that strong leverage point and then pull.
Thanks. What do you mean by "that strong leverage point"? How will I know when I feel it?
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