Thanks, Molikeye. The proper tightness is certainly so far beyond what you think is tight as a newbie. And even if you read all the right material (Tate, etc.), sometimes it doesn't entirely click to the full extent right away. My most recent "breakthrough" involved the lower body. Rather than just focusing on leg drive only as the bar touches my chest, I push down and out (like a leg extension) before unracking the bar. Huge improvement in overall tightness, maintaining my arch, and staying on my upper back.
A few questions:
- Shoulder blades -- do you think only of pinching your should blades together? Or back and down? I read Mike Robertson describe a back and down approach. These are very different sensations for me.
- Bending the bar -- In which direction/plane should I be trying to send the middle of the bar? Away from the ground so the bar would bend around me? Towards my face as if I am trying twist my pinkies towards my feet? The "pinkies towards my feet" seems to engage my lats more and keep my elbows tucked, but I am not sure if this is the correct approach. Do I continue to focus on "bending the bar" throughout the entire concentric phase?
Thanks again for your help.