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  • Squat form check

    Critique is appreciated

    I realize I should try to get my knees further back, this is very hard though. However I do lean on my heels and not on my toes.

    Squat form check - YouTube

    There's all kinds of stuff around the squat rack so this is the best view I could record.
    well then

  • #2
    i actually think your knees are fine...they're going to inch out in front of your toes a bit. as long as they are following the direction of your toes, and you're pushing through your heels, you're good.

    when you start your squat, it looks like you're breaking at the knees first, then following with your hips. try to sit back first, then bend your knees (or practice doing both at the same time, which is ideal).

    other than that, looks like pretty good form to me.
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    • #3
      I agree with primalrob, try leading with your hips. Good depth too, not ass to grass but well below parallel.
      If you can get a neutral heal shoe like chuck or any of the barefoot shoes. It does seem to help form and does work you harder.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by primalrob View Post
        i actually think your knees are fine...they're going to inch out in front of your toes a bit. as long as they are following the direction of your toes, and you're pushing through your heels, you're good.

        when you start your squat, it looks like you're breaking at the knees first, then following with your hips. try to sit back first, then bend your knees (or practice doing both at the same time, which is ideal).

        other than that, looks like pretty good form to me.
        Alright thanks will adjust that
        well then

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Dirlot View Post
          I agree with primalrob, try leading with your hips. Good depth too, not ass to grass but well below parallel.
          If you can get a neutral heal shoe like chuck or any of the barefoot shoes. It does seem to help form and does work you harder.
          Yeah I got vibrams but i neer wear them in the gym in case I let a plate drop on my foot. But during squatting this obviously won't happen. So I will wear them next time
          well then

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          • #6
            i agree with rob too. lead with the hips. other than that, it looks pretty good. definitely try to work on your achilles and calf flexibility a bit too. check out mobilitywod.com for some of kelly's stretches. eventually, your toes will be pointing nearly straight forward. keep up the good work

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Gadsie View Post
              Yeah I got vibrams but i neer wear them in the gym in case I let a plate drop on my foot. But during squatting this obviously won't happen. So I will wear them next time
              if the gym allows it, you could also just kick off your shoes and do them in your socks. whatever gets your heel closer to the floor is best.
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              • #8
                If you drop a plate on your foot, it's not really going to matter if it's a Vibram or a Nike.
                If I just said LOL, I lied. Do or do not. There is no try.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by justyouraveragecavemen View Post
                  If you drop a plate on your foot, it's not really going to matter if it's a Vibram or a Nike.
                  definitely. the only thing that would protect you is a steel-toed safety (construction) boot, but if you have pins set to catch the bar for you, and if you're using clamps to hold the weight on the bar, and you're removing plates with both hands, then guess what? unlikely to drop a plate on yourself.

                  I was raised in a gym (my mother did body building from the time I was 3 years old -- this was before gyms had day cares), and i've never had a weight dropped on my foot nor have I dropped one on my foot.

                  Old school is just to train in bare feet. Now gyms require shoes. Wear the vibrams.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by zoebird View Post
                    definitely. the only thing that would protect you is a steel-toed safety (construction) boot, but if you have pins set to catch the bar for you, and if you're using clamps to hold the weight on the bar, and you're removing plates with both hands, then guess what? unlikely to drop a plate on yourself.

                    I was raised in a gym (my mother did body building from the time I was 3 years old -- this was before gyms had day cares), and i've never had a weight dropped on my foot nor have I dropped one on my foot.

                    Old school is just to train in bare feet. Now gyms require shoes. Wear the vibrams.
                    Yeah I definitely will (:
                    well then

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by not on the rug View Post
                      i agree with rob too. lead with the hips. other than that, it looks pretty good. definitely try to work on your achilles and calf flexibility a bit too. check out mobilitywod.com for some of kelly's stretches. eventually, your toes will be pointing nearly straight forward. keep up the good work
                      What do you mean with toes pointing straight forward? You mean that even with a wide stand I should bend my feet a little so my toes are straight forward?
                      well then

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                      • #12
                        when i used to go to an actual gym, i lifted in flip flops. and i heard the "what if you drop a plate on your foot" line so many times, it used to drive me nuts. relaly? like a sneaker is magically going to protect your toes from a 45lb plate falling 3 feet. anyway, when it came time for squats, deadlifts, snatches, etc, i just slipped them off and did them in bare feet.

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                        • #13
                          Don't want to hijack his thread, but I had heard lifting barefoot (especially squat) was bad for you? I workout at home, so can wear whatever I want.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Gadsie View Post
                            What do you mean with toes pointing straight forward? You mean that even with a wide stand I should bend my feet a little so my toes are straight forward?
                            pretty much. just google mobility wod squat form, and you see a bunch of different videos of how to work on ankle mobility and achilles flexibility. these are two of the most important things to concentrate on in terms of proper squat form. without anxle and achilles mibility, you're putting your knees and hips in compromised positions

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by teach2183 View Post
                              Don't want to hijack his thread, but I had heard lifting barefoot (especially squat) was bad for you? I workout at home, so can wear whatever I want.
                              you heard wrong

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