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Squat Critique Por Favor


#1

skip to 1:00 for the reps

1) I do realize my walkout is way too large; that squat rack is miserable to squat from and this isn't at my normal gym. Normally my walkout is 2-3 steps
2) My spotter does look really close, but I promise he didn't touch me. Cross my heart.

Any comments are welcome


#2

#3

It was hard to tell much about your form due to the angle and proximity of your spotter. From what i could tell they looked pretty good though, keep working hard.


#4

Great depth.
You’re not keeping your chest up and your elbows down. This happens to me a lot. You can keep your arch fine on the way down, but when it comes time to reverse, you go hollow and keep going. I’m still figuring out how to remedy it, but off the top of my head I would say do some higher rep squatting, like 8-12, while especially focusing on staying tight, chest up, elbows down, etc.


#5

Your “folding forward” too much for weight you can do 6 reps with.

As stated above, keep chest up and elbows down…do lots of goodmornings with light weights to build up your back.


#6

Everyone on these boards preaches elbows down/under.

I’m going to advise otherwise. Crank those elbows up between each rep.


#7

[quote]gabex wrote:
Everyone on these boards preaches elbows down/under.

I’m going to advise otherwise. Crank those elbows up between each rep. [/quote]

Hey do what works for you, but I used to squat like that (mainly cause I couldn’t keep the bar on my back otherwise) and when i finally figured out how to keep my elbows down it helped a ton.

More weight, no more awful elbow pain (and shoulder pain), everything was just locked in so much tighter and so much stronger.