My lower back is messed up, but I can?t stay out of the gym, so I?ve found some uses for an unloaded bar. Lots of snatches, OHS, and, yesterday, front squats. I?ve always had trouble staying upright and keeping my elbows up, so I tried a tip from DJ?s From the Ground Up DVD and tightened my upper back. Sure enough, the elbows popped right up and my torso stayed straight as an arrow. That allowed me to focus on dropping between the legs and using leg drive to move the weight. Widening my stance and pointing my feet outward helped the squat between the legs feeling. After 90 reps (spread over a bunch of sets) my legs and back and shoulders were pumped and warm and good. I began to get the feeling of pulling myself to the floor with my feet, if that makes sense. It was a long mental checklist to keep up with at first, but by the end of the fun my body was doing the right things without much thought. The self talk went from ?chin up, squeeze the back, tight stomach, drop, drive up with the legs? to ?chin up, squeeze, drop, drive?. This is similar to the progression in one of Dan?s Get Up! Newsletters (I don?t recall the issue).
Any other FS stories or tips?