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Old 01-03-2014, 04:56 PM   #1
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Been making some good strength gains on my squat after starting to squat about 6 months ago. Here's a video of me doing a set of five. I used my most fatigued set to show an example of what my form looks like when the weight is feeling pretty heavy for me. I also have a set from a front view so you can see how my feet/knees look. The front view is a lighter set . http://youtu.be/w1RHZR9rX5Y http://youtu.be/rP1WQKPa_Hc And here's a deadlift vid..these have been feeling pretty good..dropped the weight I was doing a bit and am building it up slowly. Let me know how everything is looking. I know I've posted a couple form checks before..figure it's not a bad idea to get frequent ones as I keep progressing .http://youtu.be/zUqTEBXEV6c http://youtu.be/pM-l4XXBPxo

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The squat looks good. I'm not sure if the knees are tracking with the foot, a little hard to see from the angle. But generally looks very good. The deadlift I am not sure, need to look from the side not the front.
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Watch your back, arm and grip tightness on squats. Those elbows are trying to fly a little on reps. That can get you forward. Other than that squats look ok.
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Old 01-03-2014, 11:43 PM   #4
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Watch your back, arm and grip tightness on squats. Those elbows are trying to fly a little on reps. That can get you forward. Other than that squats look ok.
What do you suggest to keep in mind for the back arm and grip tightness?. Just try to keep my elbows in the same position? Also it's Hard for me to keep my lower back tight on the deadlift without keeping my whole back tight..any negatives from pulling this way? Reading your post again it seems I imagined that deadlift comment up? Lol

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Here's a recent deadlift video from the side for a better analysis. http://youtu.be/qJ0S6BpcCD0
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The deadlifts look great. Keep doing what you are doing there.

With the squats, I can see that your weight is on your toes when you are reversing out of the hole. Your heel comes off the ground slightly. Overall it's a pretty good high bar/narrow stance squat. If you can manage, I'd like to see your weight on your heels instead of forward on your toes. You'll get more power an better glute activation that way.
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Form and technique look pretty good overall. My biggest advice would be to start hammering away on upper back work every time you're in the gym. You don't have to kill it, but just a couple additional sets of some type of pulling or rowing would help a lot. Also, as Steve said, watch your back tightness on the squats. Although my computer is making the videos skip some, it seems like you have more power than you are demonstrating on the squats. One: As Afraziaaaa said, try to keep the weight back more. Two: Just get that back stronger.

Keep up the good work and you could potentially have some strong, solid lifts in the future.


A further comment, to take with a grain of salt: Your demeanor while executing the lifts seems as if you are trying to think of the lift and how to execute while lifting. I may be totally wrong, but that's what I'm seeing. Don't get reckless, and don't hurt yourself, but it may be worth trying to attack the weights a little more during the set up and actual execution of the lift. Overall, keep practicing, and keep working. A bit more aggression towards the lift would help. I'm not talking about shouting, grunting, whatever... Simply more confidence with or under the bar. Of course, these should also come in time, but the sooner you can start building that, the better. Again though, do NOT get stupid or reckless with it. That's how you get hurt.
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Form and technique look pretty good overall. My biggest advice would be to start hammering away on upper back work every time you're in the gym. You don't have to kill it, but just a couple additional sets of some type of pulling or rowing would help a lot. Also, as Steve said, watch your back tightness on the squats. Although my computer is making the videos skip some, it seems like you have more power than you are demonstrating on the squats. One: As Afraziaaaa said, try to keep the weight back more. Two: Just get that back stronger.

Keep up the good work and you could potentially have some strong, solid lifts in the future.


A further comment, to take with a grain of salt: Your demeanor while executing the lifts seems as if you are trying to think of the lift and how to execute while lifting. I may be totally wrong, but that's what I'm seeing. Don't get reckless, and don't hurt yourself, but it may be worth trying to attack the weights a little more during the set up and actual execution of the lift. Overall, keep practicing, and keep working. A bit more aggression towards the lift would help. I'm not talking about shouting, grunting, whatever... Simply more confidence with or under the bar. Of course, these should also come in time, but the sooner you can start building that, the better. Again though, do NOT get stupid or reckless with it. That's how you get hurt.
. Certainly trying to build that confidence I'm my squat and deadlift...I sometimes get a bit nervous before them to be honest. Doing a linear 5x5 squatting 3x a week and around the 270 mark starts to feel pretty damn heavy for me..I still hit my reps with this feeling most of the time guess I'm just not used to that intense feeling yet being that I'm not even a year into these 2 lifts. Something addicting about that feeling though...
Also I'm hitting barbel rows and weighted chin ups 2-3 times a week depending on the week.
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The deadlifts look great. Keep doing what you are doing there.

With the squats, I can see that your weight is on your toes when you are reversing out of the hole. Your heel comes off the ground slightly. Overall it's a pretty good high bar/narrow stance squat. If you can manage, I'd like to see your weight on your heels instead of forward on your toes. You'll get more power an better glute activation that way.
Noticed that and have been working on it. Putting my toes up as I descend seems to help when I remember .
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One idea I like to use for keeping the weight on my heels is to imagine the weight is on my butt. It might work some for you.
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