Don’t take this wrong, but I’m just trying to discuss here.
What do calves have to do with anything with the squat. I ask because I have naturally great calves. Only body part that is that way. So I don’t really work em much and have never read anything with this pertaining to squat. Again dude, just a question.
Also, The first part to move out of the bottom position should be his butt. (At least thats what I’ve read.) Please elaborate.
I disagree with his back arch. I thought he tended to be kind of sunk in and needed a bigger chest.
I’m not trying to be shitty here, just trying to keep learning myself, so please take it that way.
I wasn’t trying to encourage this lifter to build calves to give him a bigger squat. As you noted, the calves aren’t a major player in this. The reason I encouraged him to build his calves up was to give him added rebound on the bottom. If you bring together big hams and big calves it’s a great combination. This lifter was not going down all the way and sinking it the way he should be by doing high-bar squats.
It was kind of hard to tell what kind of muscular development this lifter had because in the video he was wearing baggy sweats. This also explains the issue of the chest development you mentioned. The video was hard to tell since it was from only one angle. It’s hard to make out some of these particulars with just a short video clip that is unspecific in some regards. I could only comment on what I saw and what he told me.
I gather that you are a fan of Louie Simmons training ideas. I am not and I have my reasons. Louie likes to make the squat a strictly posterior chain lift without the added benefit of the quads and to me that is ridiculous. Therefore, he preaches on going wider out in the stance and making it more glute activated. I squat narrow stance and I still feel it in my glutes and everywhere else for that matter. The quads are such a large muscle group. I just can’t leave them out of the picture.
If his butt is coming up and that bar is not going up at the same time then there is a problem. It’s the same thing with the deadlift. If your butt is coming up and that bar is not moving up at the same time then it turns into a stiff-legged deadlift. This lifter appeared to have some apprehensions on going ATG. That is why I encouraged him to remove his velcro belt, lower the bar on his back, sit back and down and get that stretch reflex out of the bottom when his hams come into contact with his calves.
Like you, I’m all for more learning and it never stops. I’m no expert by any means. I just wanted to share with this lifter some ideas and techniques that have helped me in big squats for competitive powerlifting if in fact that was the goal of the lifter who posted the video.