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    Squat critique

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    Need some help with my squat form, its been about 5 years since i have lifted so my flexibility is really bad, which i think is causing my back to round at the bottom of my squat.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmBnc2uQZUE

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    I just had a friend send me this Squat... It looks like you need to keep your back at that natural curve. Try practicing with just the bar, no weight. Keep us posted, you dont want to develop lower back issues (obviously)
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    yah after watching the video over and over, right at the beginning when im just starting to go down i round my back out and never correct it.

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    Oh yeah! There is definitely some rounding at the bottom of your squat. Lighten the load if it's too much, man! And nice house...!

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    Your feet might be too far apart. The thing I noticed most is that you need to SLOW DOWN. It looks like you are trying to get through the set. Instead, focus intensely on each rep. When you go down, go down slow. Pause long enough to focus on pushing from just in front of your heels and power up. You will get dramatic results if your down time is slower than your up time.

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    Feet look too wide, but it's hard to judge from that angle, definitely need to work on the lower back at the bottom. Try this:

    Get flat on your stomach, put your hands on your head with elbows up, and lift the legs up to, get so your core should be the only thing on the floor really, the position your back and chest are in is what you should get used to. Gotta keep that chest up, and back arched.

    Couldn't see if the wrists were straight, but make sure they are, and make sure not to stare up (big mistake)....

    Otherwise good job for posting it on here and actually asking for advice, most people wouldn't

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    Also, something else to try.... I was taught to take a deep breath before each squat, and hold that for the whole squat. That'll keep your core, chest, and back tighter. I can hear you exhaling at the top, but immediately you're already starting to go into your next squat. So you must be breathing in as you go down, which might lead to caving in. So slow down, exhale, breathe in, and then squat...

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    The above comments are all valid. If you have some spare $$ I strongly suggest picking up a safety squat bar. I used to squat over 300lbs for my workouts and I will never squat without one. Here is a link: http://www.newyorkbarbells.com/im-0210.html

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    I used to squat similar to you, half way down, chest up, looking up, CW at its finest. Then I discovered Mark Rippetoe and starting strength. He recommends ass to ankles and the glutes getting more involved and moving first. I switched to his style and it feels better on my knees and back as well as more natural. Check out his Wiki site, well worth it.
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    awesome feedback guys!! Def. have to shorten my stance, to just outside of shoulder width, like i said i lack flexibility so i need to make sure to stretch those hips out everyday. Mainer, i do have his book and the videos, hardest thing is taking what is on paper and putting it to practice haha. I think the big thing was i just got to ahead of myself, def. need to drop the weight and make sure i can get low in the squat with feet just outside shoulder width.

    p.s. primaljessjane, thanks for the house compliment its nice having a big and tall living room to put my workout equipment in lol.

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