Squat Video, critique my form

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Postby gauze » Tue Feb 24, 2009 11:43 am

baldy wrote:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2bLvoLJNsY

Some front squats this time 60kg


great form + depth
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Postby baldy » Tue Feb 24, 2009 12:04 pm

Johnboy74 wrote:I've never seen anyone do front squats at the gym, and I don't wanna hang around the gym watching the fellas to see if they do front squats... don't wanna get some kind of reputation :lol:
Agreed, it would be better to go speak to the fellas than just watching them.

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I'm doing the behind head squats and I'm getting use to the pain :wink:
no pain no gain as they say :D
Pain is not normally good, might be a little sore where the bar touches your back (I found it more comfortable to drop the bar a little lower on your back). If that is the case you need to HTFU and get used to the feel of bar on skin, any other pain and I would be very careful.
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Postby bronco » Tue Feb 24, 2009 12:41 pm

Johnboy74 wrote:I've never seen anyone do front squats at the gym, and I don't wanna hang around the gym watching the fellas to see if they do front squats... don't wanna get some kind of reputation :lol:

I think front squats could actually be easier to learn than back squat. There is only one correct place for the bar, they are less forgiving for excessive forward lean. Plus they are a lot safer.
Note though that frontsquats are very likely do be painful in the wrist in the beginning because of lack of flexibility. This will go away with time though.

Johnboy74 wrote:I'm doing the behind head squats and I'm getting use to the pain :wink:
no pain no gain as they say :D

If the pain is a flexibility issue in your shoulder it might go away with time, especially if you do some stretching. If not I dont think it is a good idea to try to work through it. What would be a good idea though is to experiment a bit with different bar positions and grip width.
Oh, and I just realized that by hurting your shoulders it could mean that it hurts where the bar is resting. In this case working through it is probably ok, but also trying a slightly different position could be worth it.
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Postby baldy » Fri Mar 13, 2009 9:59 am

Went for a front squat PB yesterday. Must say front squats look pretty sexy really.

90kg Easy enough
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2YMoTnjTM4

100kg Probably not deep enough? What do you think?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyMVOLLjjxU

107.5 kg <- too much crack in my blood stream still FAIL
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLc15v1pYXg
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Postby ninearms » Fri Mar 13, 2009 10:18 am

100kg was definitely high. You let your elbows drop and then chickened out. 107.5 looked like you never really thought you'd get it. No fight, no tightness, you just carefully lowered it onto the pins. 105 is there though, if you stay really tight and give it everything you have.
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Postby baldy » Fri Mar 13, 2009 10:36 am

ninearms wrote:100kg was definitely high. You let your elbows drop and then chickened out. 107.5 looked like you never really thought you'd get it. No fight, no tightness, you just carefully lowered it onto the pins. 105 is there though, if you stay really tight and give it everything you have.


Thanks Coach. Harsh but true words.
I can see the elbows dropping in the 100kg, I failed at 100kg just before this attempt which is why I did not commit to usual depth.

Sounds like I need a sports psychologist to work on my Fight. Some triples at 90kg I think will up my confidence.
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Postby baldy » Fri Nov 27, 2009 10:38 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvC9dLQTkII
6 Months later, another gym, another country still doing squats.
A lot more weight on the bar.

Stance is a lot wider and depth is not that deep, but pretty much parallel I reckon? What do you guys think?
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Postby ninearms » Fri Nov 27, 2009 11:45 pm

Looks high to me (although a good 2 inches below Unit 20 depth), and you dive bomb a bit so your chest drops at the start. Get your elbows under the bar too and pull down hard - this will keep your chest up. My philosophy on squats is that if you have to ask if it was deep enough then it wasn't deep enough.
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Postby The Duke » Sat Nov 28, 2009 8:24 am

More depth needed.

And you should banjo that cunt who comes up behind you halfway through the the third rep and tries to have it away with the bar.

Good effort - now give two more inches and make me happy.
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Postby baldy » Sat Nov 28, 2009 11:25 am

You guys are harsh on depth! Clearly I am going to parallel. :)

Ninearms I see what you are saying about the elbows, might need to take my hands a little wider to get the elbows under. Will play with it next week in my deload.

No idea about the dive bombing.
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Postby thestoatyone » Sat Nov 28, 2009 11:31 am

Something to think about playing with on deload week, bottom position squats. Figure out where the bottom position is, rack the bar there and then lift it.

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Postby JP » Sun Nov 29, 2009 8:09 am

first rep... maybe in, borderline.

Second and third are high.

Sorry dude, but friends dont let their friends squat high! :D

Angle is not good though, when looking from up towards down they always look higher than they really are.
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Postby buzz » Sun Nov 29, 2009 10:23 am

Depth is good, it's the angle and the clothes you're wearing that make it look high to the untrained eye... :)
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Re: Squat Video, critique my form

Postby baldy » Thu Apr 22, 2010 10:50 pm

Put all the videos together with the new embedded feature, my squatting odyssey so far.

May 2008 45kg


June 2008 - 57.5kg


November 2008 - 62.5kg


March 2009 - 100kg A very dodgy 100kg frontie.


November 2009 - 110kg


April 2010 - 3x115kg
"A wise man once said, "It's easier to buy smaller clothes, than to put on 5kg." ... Buzz
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Re: Squat Video, critique my form

Postby thestoatyone » Fri Apr 23, 2010 6:08 pm

progress is a beautiful thing to watch...
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