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Old 08-10-2011, 10:11 AM   #1
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Which lift has presented the greatest form challenges for you as a novice, and now that the weight is much heavier?
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Old 08-10-2011, 10:15 AM   #2
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but only coz I'm still a novice at squat and deadlift
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Without question it is the squat. It's just so easy to break form when using high percentages of your 1RM and trying to get depth.
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Mine is squat. While bench has been challenging, heavy, heavy squats have given me fits. I spent nearly 6 months a couple years back battling an eccentric that felt like I was lowering a bulldozer.

On the other hand, deadlifts are like butter for me. My form always feels natural.
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For me it's all of the "big 3". I'm pretty certain that form issues are holding me back from making some significant gains on those. I'll be video'ing myself more often to try to figure out where exactly I'm going wrong.
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Bench Press. Which is always surprising to hear for people who haven't known me since I started lifting. I have Benched around 350lbs raw but I was actually stuck with a 200-220lbs max for the first 4 years of training, while my Squat and Deadlift shot up.

Currently i'd say it's the Deadlift, I still haven't fully figured it out.
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I was actually stuck with a 200-220lbs max for the first 4 years of training, while my Squat and Deadlift shot up.
I would be curious to learn more about how your bench did finally improve. Sorry if this was addressed before.
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Squatting, but I'm working a plan to make that issue go away.

300 as my workset on squatting first target goal number, then I want a 400lb squat.
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Over the years I've had periods of difficulty with all 5 of the major lifts.
Some were due to maturity or lack there of, aka ego
Some were due to listening to gym gurus. This caused a lot of confusion about technique.
Some were due to the growth phases and getting taller.

In the case of the Snatch I was taught "jump up - jump down" which I followed into my late 30's. This greatly limited what I eventually could pull.
A few years ago I started adapting my sandbag clean technique to my Oly lifts. Then I saw Coach Don McCauley's "catapult" technique. That helped me refine my technique.
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