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Squat Form Check


#1

Hello all. I wanted some of the more veteran members of this site to take a look at my squat form. I am trying out the low bar position after watching "So you think you can squat" on the EFS web site. Thanks in advance.


#2

Your depth may be a tad high, but that might just be the angle. Other than that, focus on pushing your knees outward. I noticed they buckle in slightly when you attempt to get out of the whole.

A side view of your squat form would help.


#3

Id say the depth is fine, about parallel(?).

You've got a fairly wide stance so you're going to have to force those knees out like a motha in order to keep your knees tracking properly. Will help bring in your glutes and hammies though. Keep that tight upper back, and sitting back pushing those knees out - spreading the floor should be what is running through your mind.

Im not a veteran, so guess you can take my advice or push it by the way side...


#4

either really focus on hip flexibility to get those knees out, or bring your stance in
does your upper back feel tight enough? perhaps also bring hands in - false grip


#5

My upper back feels tight, but you are right it is not tight enough. I have really started working on my hip and shoulder flexibility. I found some stuff on the site about broomstick stretching. I think that once I get my shoulders more flexible then I will be able to bring my hands in a lot more and have a tigher upper back.

I noticed that I need to push my knees out more and your comments confirm this. I will practice "spreading the floor" during my squat workout today.

I really do appreciate the comments. I am trying to perfect my form on the basic barbell compound movements because from what I have seen the biggest and strongest do it. Makes sense to me to see what successful people have done and emulate it to a certain degree.


#6

Buy Rippetoe's Starting Strength - it's a friggin' encyclopedia on squats. You squats look high high. Feet look too far apart, which is why knees caving in. Bar looks a little low on the back, even for low bar.


#7

290x5

Trying to improve my form.


#8

350x2


#9

Do you have any wrist or elbow problems?

Your squats don't look that bad, especially for being near max attempts. I think they could be smoother with respect to the knee and hip on the descent. But it's hard for me to tell when tilting my head. Can you get a cheat video editing program and do us a favor next time, flip it upright?