Squat help

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  1. Soupy

    Soupy "What is comforting and what is true are two entir OT Supporter

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    Ok I need some advice. I've been doing this routine http://www.stumptuous.com/cms/displayarticle.php?aid=136 for about a month now. It is my first foray into free weights, which I've always found intimidating. But I listened to you guys and got over it. So anyway, I've been doing fairly well I guess, feeling good, making gains, able to increase weight on everything except squats. I am squating ATG, getting good depth, but haven't been able to progress beyond the (empty) short bar, is where I started. My problem really is just initiating the movement out of the hole. Once I am moving I am fine, but to start I have this horrible tendency to lean forward, but it really seems like the only way I can start moving. Are there other exercises that I can be doing to build strength for this?
     
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    Soupy "What is comforting and what is true are two entir OT Supporter

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    I've watched the vid. I think maybe I am making it harder for myself by pausing at the bottom. Should I be doing that? I've read repeatedly about not bouncing out of the squat that I'm all paranoid. Not sure where the line is between using rebound to get out and bouncing.
     
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    kit99bar USPA Class 2, weak, old man!

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    switch to front squats and it'll fix your leaning forward problem.

     
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    Don't bounce, but also don't reach the bottom and start reading a book. The motion should be simple, with a down and back.

    If you want to get a good feel for the movement, do it with an empty bar. Just get the bar on your shoulders, find a foot placement that feels right for you, and practice the movement in front of a mirror. Get a gym attendant to help you find the right movement, if you're unsure.
     
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    Build Your Core!!!
     
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    Soupy "What is comforting and what is true are two entir OT Supporter

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    Any specific recommendations?
     
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    watch it again.
     
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    do you find yourself pushing up off your toes or heel?

    push up off your heels and keep your head up, your body follows your head.
     
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    If you are falling forward it can be a number of things. Could be tight gastroc and soleous, if your feet toe out it could also be the peroneals. Your hip flexors might be very tight, you may have tight lats and the erector spinae may be tight bc it seems like you may also have a weak tvm and weak glutes. I could keep going on I guess but thats enough for now.
     
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