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I'm a Better Squatter Without a Belt


That’s why we tie off at the top! Change the angle, change the depth, white lights!


Yeah make the knee taller haha. Learned how to do this the other day


Once had Rich Peters with NASA tell me that one of the things he looks at is the bottom of the weight belt if it is below the knee


That sounds like he doesn’t know how to judge depth. I wear my belt slightly under the front of my ribs, the bottom of the belt at the front is around the level of my navel. That would mean that I have to squat about 6 inches below parallel (maybe more to reach depth by his standards.


No he knew what he was talking about and I said one of the things most people wear their belts where the bottom of the belt is at the hip joint note I said most not all


Maybe the belt on your pants. I have never seen anyone wear a powerlifting belt around their hip bones. Judging depth like that just doesn’t make sense, you would be looking at a spot several inches ahead of where you actually should be looking and for anyone who has big quads the top of the quad would have to go below the knee. That is just wrong, and that’s why no rulebooks say that.


I didn’t say over hip bone bottom of belt at hip joint


Yes, just pointing out that it is one way that parallel is defined.


Powerlifting to win is not a federation.

USPA rulebook: " the lifter must bend the knees and lower the body until the top surface of the legs at the hip joint is lower than the top of the knees. "

Where the bottom of the belt is isn’t relevant. I don’t know who this guy is that told you he judges like that but it sounds like he either doesn’t know what he’s doing or is too lazy to judge properly. If you are judging by criteria other than what is the official criteria according to the rules then you are not judging correctly.


Pls teach me your secret ways


Simple, when wrapping, if you do the tie off method or the pig tail method, simply work to make sure when you tight the knot our leave out the pig tail it’s at the top of the knee.

The knot or extra material can throw off perspective slightly. Also go really fucking fast, lol. Don’t pause it or go like some of us geared guys and take forever so they can watch the millimeters on the way down


I’m just starting to squat in wraps, so def gonna use these tricks. I’ve seen videos where they start tying from below the knee, but I also seen the Westside videos they tie starting from the quad to get that top knee-tie.

My wraps are 2.5m so I’ll see how much taller I can get my knees too look. Hopefully I can load up enough weight to bend my knees with elite fts heavys


I started going a little lower, You can’t really see my hips that well due to where the squat rack is, my joggers move when I squat and I think my belt needs to be a little tighter so I got 130kgx8, Hamstrings are a lot better now I’m hoping to build my strength back up quick.

Also it might look like my glutes are tucking under but it is my pants lol not that I like to wear them around my ass


I can’t actually see where your hip crease is but it appears you are right on the borderline for depth. Another inch or two to go.

Work on bracing. It’s hard to tell if your lower back is actually going into flexion but there looks to be too much movement in that area.