I suck at squatting v.help *vid*

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  1. hootpie

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    Here's a video I just took of me squatting in my living room: www.hootpie.com/squat.avi

    Keep in mind I'm not using any weight, so imagine my form being 10-20% worse with weight. Also, excuse the ridiculous file size...I would encode it with divx or something, but I'm on linux and I don't know how.

    I just got home from the gym a little while ago and I'm really disappointed with my squatting. To give you a little background, I've been working out since late October, but didn't start squatting until about ~1 month ago (only did legpress, extensions, curls, adductors/abductors, calf raises). I started off doing only the bar, then added 25's, and now I'm up to 45's on each side, but I feel like I'm doing them wrong. I pride myself on having great form, so it's bothering me.

    Whenever I'm done, I feel like I just worked out my lower back instead of my legs. I've been deadlifting longer than I've been squatting and I'm up to ~200lb on the DL. Whenever I squat, I always feel off-balance (regardless of the weight) and I can't seem to keep my knees from passing my toes (when I do, I almost fall).

    I almost always have discomfort/mild pain in my left knee/left hip after squatting (either directly after, or later that night).

    Help.


    Edit: Ok, here's the newest one: www.hootpie.com/squat2.avi

    I tried arching my back and looking up as much as possible. You can see on the 2nd rep I tried to look like the guy in the picture Ceaze posted...not only did I get nowhere close, but I actually stumbled backwards too and that's without weight :rofl: :hs:
     
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    holy shit

    i'll comment in 20 minutes after the file's done downloading
     
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    I don't know wtf is up with Dreamhost all of a sudden. It was working fine less than 5 minutes ago when I uploaded the video.
     
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    it's going fast as fuck for me
     
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    it just sped up at the end

    it looks like you're leaning too far forward is my first impression
    how far apart are your feet?
     
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    Ceaze https://hearthis.at/DoYouEvenUplift Moderator

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    you need to arch your back and keep your head up
     
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    Feet are about shoulder width apart...maybe a little wider. It really doesn't matter how wide I go, I still feel off-balance. The only difference it makes is if I go really wide, my left hip socket hurts.

    If I don't lean that far forward, I'll probably fall backwards and that's WITHOUT weight :wtc:
     
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    I don't think I can arch my back any farther back. The head up thing I can do, just need to make a conscious effort.
     
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    pull your shoulders back a little too, that'll help with the posture
     
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    I've always had poor posture (I had a huge growth spurt). Shoulders have always been slouched forward, but I'm working on it (they used to be a lot worse).

    As far as my legs and the way I'm going down, that's fine?
     
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    it doesn't look like your back is arched at all
     
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    Can you show me a picture of what it should look like?
     
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    you probably feel out of balance because if you lean that far foreword keeping you back straight all the weight will make you wanna lean foreword. make sure you do a nice back stretch, arch your back, and stare up, look at something up and infront of the rack, sort of as a goal to reach from the bottom
     
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    sit back into more. you look like you're leaning forward too much
     
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    That's hot.

    Pablo: if I sit into it anymore, I'll end up falling backwards onto my ass. It was hard enough not falling backwards in that picture without weight.
     
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    Devil I have become my terror. OT Supporter

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    try a different stance? and i'd be trying to do full squats if i were you
     
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    arch back nukka.
     
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    What am I doing and what is a full squat?
     
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    Devil I have become my terror. OT Supporter

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    ass to grass !!111!
     
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    Literally touch my ass to the ground? I don't think I can do that without weight :rofl:
     
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    I just took another video and tried to arch my back more.
     
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    the one on the left is what you look like, the one on the right is ideal
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    proper back and chest position
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    what it means to ARCH (extend) your back
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    You rock Ceaze.
     
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