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Squat Video, Am I Hitting Enough Depth?


#1

Was able to do 130kg on the smith machine, while hitting significantly below paralel. But seems like I can't go as low with even 100kg in a power rack.

And is this a full leg workout, anything I should add? (practicing front squats)

5x5 squats

5x8 dumbbell lunges

5x10 straight leg deadlift

5x15 barbell calf raises


#2

seems pretty dang low to me.


#3

If you're putting your feet in front of the bar in a smith machine then you will be able to go significantly lower than you would with a barbell. Most smith machines are counterbalanced too, so you'll be able to put more plates on the bar.

Squats look good. I would add some kind of leg curl or GHR for 2-3 sets, but it's not mandatory if you don't have the equipment.


#4

Plenty deep for training purposes.


#5

Try not to wobble around so much, shove your knees out, and keep them out.... untz untz untz :fistpump


#6

Where are you shorts?


#7

That's the true advantage of a homegym, barely clothed squatting. Nothing between me and the weights.

Only time I don't wear them is doing lunges and squats, it gets in the way.


#8

I understand but just my opinion, when you do a vid, I dont want to see your package.


#9

First reaction: he lifts in his boxers.

Second: Knees a little wobbly.

Looks low enough for me but make sure you can feel that you are using all of your muscles while squatting and that it correlates to your goals.


#10

Plenty of depth.. Even for 1977


#11

nice shorts I wouldn't be caught dead in them though


#12

Next time do them naked. If your balls touch the floor you know you are low enough.


#13

Dirk Diggler look alike.


#14

Dirk,

Looks plenty deep. It is hard to tell from the front view -- but it looks like your elbows are pointing backwards when you hit bottom. Generally, you want your elbows to point down. Depending on your shoulder flexibility, a closer grip may help, and a closer grip gives a tighter back.


#15

Plenty deep. I go to parallel or just above and it has not hindered any progress and my knees feel much better. I take a wide grip myself as if I don't it bothers my shoulders. Wide to the point sometimes I am near the plates with my hands lol.

But I assume Dirk you are going for size and look and not powerlifting?


#16

Ha ha ha

Agreed with all other comments push the keeners out. Your upper back is starting to round forward at the bottom of the movement, keep your elbows pinned down, take a deep breath at the top, hold it in descent. And exhale from the bottom if the hole, keep your elbows pulled down