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Old 01-20-2013, 10:11 AM   #351
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Good looking squats, man. You're actually fairly upright. I second the notion of not squatting into the mirror as it causes a lot of people to lean forward. I can't really tell your bar position, but if you still want a more upright torso, and the bar position can be higher, than try it higher. I think it's pretty darn decent, though.
Thanks Paradox! I used to low bar squat but I had a severe forward lean! So I am high bar squatting now and have been for awhile.

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The cue I used to use when squatting in the mirror was to look at my hairline and not into the eyes...tended to keep me upright more...I don't use mirrors any more....my mind is more focused on depth (hitting safety bars), chest lift, midback tension, proper foot width and spreading the floor, but keeping the head up is still key.
Yeah like I said earlier I don't have a choice on squatting away from the mirror without spinning the rack around every time. Not sure I want to do that haha. I don't particularly think the mirror is a problem for me, but it may make squatting in a meet a little more terrifying since there won't be a mirror there lol
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Old 01-20-2013, 10:24 AM   #352
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...but it may make squatting in a meet a little more terrifying since there won't be a mirror there lol
Hit the nail on the head, there. If you can't be bothered to turn the rack around now, you definitely should for the last couple weeks leading up to a meet.
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Old 01-20-2013, 10:51 AM   #353
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And for that matter, practice cues. I drilled them into my head for my first meet and it still went down like this:

Squat 1 - Too easy and the bar flew off my back, causing me to fall forward, reds
Squat 2 - Up the weight, smoke it, get eager and rack before rack command, more reds.
Squat 3 - Up the weight again, have everyone scream at me to wait. Finally get whites.

Practice, practice, PRACTICE!

EDIT: Spelling lol

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Old 01-20-2013, 11:02 AM   #354
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And for that matter, practice cues. I drilled them into my head for my first meet and it still went down like this:

Squat 1 - Too easy and the bar flew off my back, causing me to fall forward, reds
Squat 2 - Up the weight, smoke it, get eager and rack before rack command, more reds.
Squat 3 - Up the weight again, have every scream at me to weight. Finally get whites.

Practice, practice, PRACTICE!
Hahaha yeah I can see ALL of that happening to me!. Will definitely be practicing with the commands! Hopefully I can have a "partner" at the meet with me to also help with the cues. Like yelling squat when I hit depth, yelling hold it after pressing so I don't rack before the command, things like that. I noticed those things at the meet a couple of weeks ago and thought they were very helpful.
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Old 01-20-2013, 01:59 PM   #355
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Old 01-21-2013, 09:51 AM   #356
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Looks good to me too Rich, can't add anything to what the others said. Keep it up man!
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And for that matter, practice cues. I drilled them into my head for my first meet and it still went down like this:

Squat 1 - Too easy and the bar flew off my back, causing me to fall forward, reds
Squat 2 - Up the weight, smoke it, get eager and rack before rack command, more reds.
Squat 3 - Up the weight again, have everyone scream at me to wait. Finally get whites.

Practice, practice, PRACTICE!

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LOL - sounds awfully familiar. I did almost the exact same things at my first meet, except I dive bombed my first attempt, thinking I would show off my depth prowess lol.

Rich - I will come to your meet and hold a big mirror up for you.
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Looks good to me too Rich, can't add anything to what the others said. Keep it up man!
Thanks for checking in Jim!! Of course it would be during a deload week lol.

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LOL - sounds awfully familiar. I did almost the exact same things at my first meet, except I dive bombed my first attempt, thinking I would show off my depth prowess lol.

Rich - I will come to your meet and hold a big mirror up for you.
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