Minor things you may or may not decide to do anything about:
- it looks like you’re shrugging the weight up at the top of each rep
- your neck is cocked back relative to the rest of your spine; you may want to try keeping it in better alignment by, say, looking at a spot 6’ or so in front of you
- your low back is a bit rounded, probably from “tight” hamstrings, calves and/or glutes (this shifts more of the weight to your low back, which, if your low back is strong enough, doesn’t matter at all); some sort of soft tissue work in those areas will likely help flatten your low back by letting your hips rotate more
At this point, I’d just keep that stuff in mind. If you actually end up hurting yourself or straining something, then I’d look into changing something. I wouldn’t try to “fix” anything until it actually starts causing you a problem.[/quote]
Well put. And OP, the trainer that said ‘you’re gonna get hurt’ is fuckin retarded[/quote]
You could also try starting with your hips a little higher, but that’s more a personal thing I think. Have the tried the whole ‘crush an orange in your armpits’ cue to help breace you middle and upper back? I do that when standing above the bar when I brace my midsection and it makes my pulls a lot more comfortable. You kind of squeeze your armpits in and down. It sounds weird, but feels good once you do it.
For bar placement, bar over midfoot (I think in terms of middle of my arch for myself) is a good place as far as I know; or I’ve even heard that where the bar sits when you’ve put it down is good too.
I wouldn’t think you’ll get hurt like this, especially if you’re sensible about your progression.