[quote]Mathew Bertrand wrote:
Hey Great lifts,
You really don’t need to change anything, it all depends on what you’re going for.
What you’re doing well on the squat is hitting good depth on nearly all of them, you keep a flat low back and neutral spine very well.
a critique is to decide if you’re squeezing your shoulder bladers together, or driving your elbows up underneath you. The elbows underneath you thiing is really more of a feeling to keep the chest up as opposed to actually moving your arms. i noticed you did it when you seemed to get on your toes.
For someone with your body type, ie long legs and short torso, front squats are going to be extremely beneficial, especially as you’re posterior chain dominant and bringing up your quads is going to really increase the squat as well as keep you upright as you won’t shift back to take advantage of the glutes.
Another thing is either getting weightlifting shoes, or putting plates under your heels. This will really help you get your quads into the lift, which means higher numbers, and increasing your deadlift off the floor.
I’d like to see you squat more like this:
As far as your dead lift, it looks pretty good. All you really need to do is learn to break the bar off the floor as opposed to ripping it off the floor. This really comes down to setting your torso, and locking it in, finding the right angle where the bar is under your scapula, it’s always a bit further over the bar than you think. once you find that angle, then lock in there, drive hard with the legs until you lock the knee, and then pull back after that. It’s the most optimal way to pull as it propels the bar past the regular sticking point of the knees, and sets you up for an easy lockout.
This is a really good example of what I mean:
either way, you’re doing awesome and i hope this helps[/quote]
Thanks so much, this does help! I like experimenting with my squat and will be slowly trying to learn use my quads more since I may have been overusing them a tad bit earlier on. My squats were way smoother and faster when I allowed my quads to do much of the work, but for the life of me, I could never grind it out through my sticking points and I think my knees got grumpy. Also, your observations are helpful because in my last two training blocks, I have widened my stance quite a bit and have been practicing using my hamstrings and glutes more on the squat because I feel like they don’t do anything and hence, I have pretty noticeable imbalances between the muscles in the front of my legs versus the back. It makes me happy that you noticed I might be benefited from now integrating more quads. Oh powerlifting, it seems just when I think I get the recipe down, I may need a pinch of this or a dash of that. As for the deadlift, I agree. I rarely find that perfect angle where I don’t jerk a little bit (especially with heavier weight) and it frustrates me to no end. For a while, when I was dabbling with weights, I learned some very bad habits and I am still unlearning them, I also freak out sometimes for no good reason that the bar may just not leave the ground, so I panic and just try to rip it off the ground. Again, thanks! Will let you know how the titration goes. PS - The 2nd video is not uploading.