One thing has greatly improved my squatting and I thought I'd share.

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  1. hootpie

    hootpie New Member

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    I still don't have the perfect form I want, but that's because I'm not that flexible (working on it though). Anyway, the one thing that has helped me the most has been to grip the bar as close as I can. This forces my chest out and makes me arch my back, which is hard for me to do (always had bad posture).
     
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    good job, glad to hear it
     
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    I stared at those pictures you posted to see what else I could do and the way he was gripping it really stood out. Gave it a try and it's helped a lot. Thanks :)
     
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    Interesting. I'll try it next legs day.
     
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    if im stuck in the hole I like to imagin shoulder pressing the bar up.

    i dunno works for me.
     
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    Ceaze https://hearthis.at/DoYouEvenUplift Moderator

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    you want to think about driving your elbows forward
     
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    i think that as ceaze
     
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    Oh whoops, thanks Ceaze :)
     
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    yah, thats what the Q&A staff on EFS always says... a major part of keeping good form is to keep your elbows tucked pointing down->forward, which is infinitely easier with a narrower grip. and the benefits are as you found out, a tighter arched back and bowed out chest
     
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    My elbows were down and out a little...I'll try down and forward next time. I felt really good doing squats tonight...I felt more balanced and it didn't hit my lower back as hard as it normally does.
     
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    I got my info from this post:

    http://asp.elitefts.com/qa/default.asp?qid=38475&tid=93

    I'd suggest reading their Q&A regularly. They get a bunch of very specific form questions that they can answer pretty well. I find myself noticing things they say and thinking "well there was another mistake I was making...".
     
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    thanks man i'll try that. i have a hard time getting below parallel because i have shitty flexibility
     
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    power squat being wide stance squat that we see in all the PL vids, and olympic squat being a ~shoulder width stance ass to grass?
     
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    for the most part, yes

    there are a few other small differences though. the bar is generally placed higher on the back with olympic squatting, while power is set lower on the back
     
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    I need to try the power squat form then. I've always done olympic squat. I can probably do a lot more weight with power form.
     
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    I should also mention that with all my complaining that I can't squat with perfect form, I still have the best form of anyone at my gym. There are guys who put 3 plates on each side and squat it, but they don't even go down to parallel :rofl:
     
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    guys squat at your gym?!:eek4:
     
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    To be honest, there are about 7 different guys I've seen who squat.
     
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    for squatting newblets, should i be doing olympic style or PL style?

    I've been doing olympic style, because i figured going down all the way would be more work and more beneficial, am i right?
     
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    gym?:eek3:

    ive seen two guys squat at my gym
     
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    I'm actually quite impressed at how many I see at my gym doing it. I would say there are at least 10 or 15 guys who squat on a regular basis. I've seen three other guys besides me do deadlifts. That's really sad.
     
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    I have only seen 2 guys besides me deadlift.
     
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    It's surprising... at my UNIVERSITY gym that I go to, theres a lot of brolys who are squatting and deadlifting regularily... id say 25-30.
     
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