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Unread 12-06-2017, 04:25 PM
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Default Beginner squats -- form advice welcome

I'm not confident in my form but I'm not sure what to work on or adjust. Any pointers you can give me are so appreciated!

These are with a light bar. I think I might be leaning forward too much at the bottom?
https://youtu.be/-VtmpdOociQ

And an attempt with the full 45# barbell. Too heavy for proper form. Definitely too much of a "good morning," right? Anything I can do to improve besides keep squatting with lighter weights until I get stronger?
https://youtu.be/gQMWk5sDDQ4
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Holy hell incredible depth. Keep chest up out of the bottom and you'll fix the lean forward. Looks fine otherwise
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Unread 12-07-2017, 12:51 AM
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You're squatting very deep indeed. Just focus on getting stronger and don't worry about weight on the bar. Just try to beat your personal best every time you step in the gym.

FYI: when the weight is getting heavy to the point you really need to brace yourself and use every muscle possible, it's quiet common to skew the form a little bit (i.e. compensate using lower back). Just don't let it get out of control so that every set and rep becomes a good morning. It's perfectly fine for a few grinding reps when overload is the goal. At least that's my opinion.
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Really good flexibility. Just curious, how wide is your stance? Hard to judge from that angle.
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Thanks for the comments!

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Really good flexibility. Just curious, how wide is your stance? Hard to judge from that angle.
A touch wider than shoulder-width.
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Although your mobility is good in terms of being able to get all the way down - your not mobile enough to be getting that low without your back rounding out

See where you back starts to round out down the bottom after you pass below parallel? You don't need to go that far. That's where you don't want too much pressure on your lower spine once the load gets heavier.

So just try lowering a bit slower, and stopping a bit higher, before standing up faster.

Take a big breath at the top of each rep, push your chest out, stick your but out and decend.

If you want to get serious your could learn about high and low bar squatting. Low bar you can probably do well in those shoes, high bar you are more doing at the moment but would probably feel better in lifting shoes.

All in all your one of those people who will be able to develop a good squat. Some people have the body leverages and some don't. You do
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Good comments here.

If you want to practice good technique for an eventual high bar/olympic style squat (vs. low bar/powerlifting squat) look up goblet squats. Dan John has some good articles online about these. Think, keep chest proud, sink down between your hips. Goblet squats are more similar to front squats b/c the weight is in front of you, but you can strive for the same technique with the barbell on your back.
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