A couple clarifying questions

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  1. ices

    ices New Member

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    Just yesterday, I got my first REAL workout since I started lifting again and I feel great. For the last 2 weeks, I've been learning the correct form and reading up the archives to make sure I get everything right this time around. I just had a couple more questions that I couldn't find online.

    -When doing shrugs and curls, should I pinch my shoulder blades?
    -When doing squats, I read that it's I'm supposed to "explode" upwards. By explode, do they mean velocity, or power? In other words, should I shoot upwards quickly, or exert a large amount of force and move upwards smoothly? Should my back be arched or straight?
    -I'm still weary of doing squats and deadlifts since I have a herniated disc in my back. What is the most common reason for lower back injury due to squats and deadlifts (so I know what to avoid at all costs)?

    I'll probably have a couple more questions when I get back from the gym today. Thanks so far!
     
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  3. shastaisforwinners

    shastaisforwinners OT Supporter

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    1. not really, no

    2. power... with heavy weight, velocity will be low. You explode to generate as much power as possible to blast through sticking points.

    3. Arched

    4. I would guess rounded lower back (from shitty form or your arch collapsing) would be the most common reason.
     
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    there are far better resources than exrx for learning good form.
     
  5. AaronOC

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    keep your back as straight as possible when doing deadlifts. I seen a guy collapse in pain today in the gym deadlifting with a rounded back
     
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    Clusive Happiness is a belt-fed weapon.

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