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Old 02-22-2013, 09:11 AM   #1
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I didn't manage to film myself with a big weight on my back in the gym unfortunately, but I filmed myself at home with a stick on my back.

Could you guys give me an opinion please on my squat form, on what I should work, what muscles seem weak etc?

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Kinda hard to critique without some weights. However look straight ahead or slightly up, NOT down. Most people's form is soild with lighter weights, it'd be a better idea to post up some of your working sets with more weight. Good luck
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I'd need to check your form under a loaded bar on a workset Lorin. There's very little that can be told from a broomstick.
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Things are looking pretty good so far, but unfortunately things tend to change when there's weight on your back. If possible, try to get a video of yourself lifting, one angle from the side and another from the front, both around waist height.

As for this video, All the things I look for are there; the first move is the butt sticking back, the back is arched or at least neutral, and the knees stay out throughout the movement. But maybe Faz or Steve can see something I can't.
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Even though I don't squat tomorrow I will do a couple of sets tomorrow and post them.
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Based on that I would say head position needs to be worked on, and looks like you will have a fair amount of upper body lean when weights become involved. Like others said though, pretty much no way to tell without some weight involved. No need to hurry to take a video, take it on your next normal squat day.
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I have started doing mobility work, static stretches and foam rolling for 30-45 minutes every day at home to be sure that when I get to the gym I am doing injury free squats (my lower back is the problem).

I will try and get that my squat video tomorrow or on tuesday.

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...and looks like you will have a fair amount of upper body lean when weights become involved.
Yep.

Lorin, you're leaning over so much because you immediately stick your ass out before you even descend. You're already starting off in a position where your chest is almost facing the floor.

Not everyone will respond well to the hips-back cue. Particularly squatting raw as you are. For you I'd like to see you break at the knees and remain as upright as possible. Don't be afraid to push your knees forward as you descend.

It should be primarily a leg exercise remember, not a Good Morning.
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Lorin, you're leaning over so much because you immediately stick your ass out before you even descend. You're already starting off in a position where your chest is almost facing the floor.

Not everyone will respond well to the hips-back cue. Particularly squatting raw as you are. For you I'd like to see you break at the knees and remain as upright as possible. Don't be afraid to push your knees forward as you descend.

It should be primarily a leg exercise remember, not a Good Morning.
Fazc is on the money here, the hips back normally is a thing geared lifters are drawn to to maximize the gains from the suit. Breaking at the knees first should be your first movement.
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Did another video. I know that with weights my form will probably be different, but I am trying to find my stance etc. without the weight first in order to use it when I will use the weight.

Is the form better now, compared to the other video (considering there is no weight)?

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