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Old 07-23-2011, 09:59 AM   #11
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I would say my bench was pretty bad. I just recently "perfected" it. I think the biggest issue was the idea that you have to flare your arms out 90 degrees to focus on the chest. Also, my back was flat and my feet weren't firmly planted.
Having corrected this I can feel the difference when I bench.
Also my overhead press. I think most people think you have to take a wide grip in order to "focus" on the shoulders. Well, like most people I did this with a grip that was wider than necessary, inefficient, and hazardous to the shoulders.
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Old 07-23-2011, 10:25 AM   #12
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Bench was 90 degrees shoulders out
I still see this taught in most magazines. Or at least many magazine articles that actually talk about form.
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Old 07-23-2011, 10:36 AM   #13
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This discussion brings up an important question...How did you figure out you had bad form and how did you go about fixing it?
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Old 07-23-2011, 10:40 AM   #14
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I took video's of myself and saw that, what I thought I was doing, was not what I should be doing. I then lowered the weight, and made changes to my form.
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This discussion brings up an important question...How did you figure out you had bad form and how did you go about fixing it?
Well as far as benching goes...I was pinned under the bar pretty easily. haha I did have some big guy there the first day who helped me out with a lot of advice; never got a chance to thank him (never saw him there again after that day) but he was certainly a big help in the early days. Also got a lot of tips from Dave Tate's videos.

Squats...I wasn't breaking parallel and I knew it. Had to lower the weight and start again and at the same time I saw more instructional videos from Dave Tate and the guys at Westside on how to break with the hips first and drive up properly. After that I watched endless hours of Olympic lifters squatting, figured out my niche, and got loads better.

For some reason I seem to have better technique in the gym than I did at my first competition...I don't know if that's a common occurrence.
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BTNP: botched it the first time, got it right after that...


Now I tend to research an exercise as thoroughly as I can before I try it out, make sure I have no weight at all during the first run through, to allow me to find sticking points that may become hazardous, check form etc; seems to be working.
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This discussion brings up an important question...How did you figure out you had bad form and how did you go about fixing it?
God question.

Powerlifting and strength training articles.

Bodybuilding magazines never really gave much more than a cursory insight into proper form. I met a powerlifter at work and he recommended checking into Westside. I started reading articles by Louie Smmons, and then Rippetoe.
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Good question.

Powerlifting and strength training articles.

Bodybuilding magazines never really gave much more than a cursory insight into proper form. I met a powerlifter at work and he recommended checking into Westside. I started reading articles by Louie Smmons, and then Rippetoe.

Some books don't even give any guidelines on form and actually expect the reader to already know how to do the exercise even at a base level, which is bad.

Following a few pictures doesn't really permit the exerciser to know how the body should be responding...you can pipe and ice a piece of cardboard but when you cut in to it you'll realise it's NO cake, it's the same with exercise form which is not just an outward presentation but the entire body working in harmony right down to a tail tuck or retracted scapula.

A lot of books fail, in that respect.
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For me it was the forums. You've always got people posting "critique my form" videos or instructional videos. I just payed close attention to what everybody had to say and found there were common threads between them. I just chose a couple of things to focus on at a time, and continued to practice those couple of things until I got them down. Then I added a couple of more things to focus on. The benefit was that once my form improved, my strength improved.
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For me it was the forums. You've always got people posting "critique my form" videos or instructional videos. I just payed close attention to what everybody had to say and found there were common threads between them. I just chose a couple of things to focus on at a time, and continued to practice those couple of things until I got them down. Then I added a couple of more things to focus on. The benefit was that once my form improved, my strength improved.
Which reminds me, we really should have a "Critique my..." threads.

These can provide a wealth of knowledge.
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