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Discussion in 'Strength & Conditioning Discussion' started by Terrafirma, Sep 20, 2010.

  1. Terrafirma

    Terrafirma White Belt

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    Hello, after spending some time lurking on these forums I just recently made the decision to take up barbell training for the first time in my life.

    So being completely new to this, I've done my best to educate myself, through reading the stickies here, as well as reading through the material from the Starting Strength Wiki.

    Now it seems that the next step to doing this all correctly is to put up form check videos. So here they are:

    Squat Angle #1: YouTube - Squat form check angle #1

    Squat Angle #2:YouTube - Squat form check angle #2

    Deadlift: YouTube - Deadlift Form Check

    Thanks for any advice you guys can give. The last thing I want to do is injure myself due to poor technique.
     
  2. turbozed

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    Congrats on your first post and being one of the few beginners who actually reads the FAQs and basic info before posting a question.

    Your form isn't too bad for either lift at this point. Unfortunately, form issues don't come up until you start lifting at your capabilities. With just the bar on squat and 135 on deadlift, it's a lot easier to focus just on the lift. I would suggest finding a good weight where you're actually putting some effort in and then filming that. The lifts you posted seem much too easy.
     
  3. pliftkl

    pliftkl Green Belt

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    You've got more lower and mid back curving than I'd like to see. I think if you were to crank up the weights, it might be even more pronounced. It's much more noticeable on the second rep than it is on the first.

    Squat form looks fine, though I'm not a fan of your rack. I don't like that you have a thing that you have to step over to get into the rack. At some point, you'll start to do heavy sets that leave you reeling at the end, and I predict that you will trip on the way out of your rack.

    Welcome to S&P. Thanks for reading the stickies first.
     
  4. miaou

    miaou barely keeping it together

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    In the DLs keep a tight arch on your lower back (both on the concentric as well as the eccentric, if you are going to do a controlled eccentric).

    Your squats look ok. Try to avoid that bit of tail-tucking. You might want to do another form-check once you put some weight on the bar. Make sure your feet are inside the shot and, if you can't do anything about the light, maybe wear a white or a colored shirt instead of a black one.
     
  5. ExtremeStandard

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    As turbozed stated add a little weight that you can comfortably move. I've watched both your squat vids not the deadlift yet. But all I can say is try slowing your descent a little bit you seem to be dipping down a little and rebounding. Complete control down and explosion up is a key part of the squat.
     
  6. grrthetree

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    Don't quote me as an expert, but maybe someone else can touch on this too, but some people have a problem with lower back rounding when in the bottom position of the squat. Mainly tall people have this problem, and at 6'3" I know about that. I would advise going down far enough to where your lower back doesn't round. It will still be below parallel by a good deal, its just not as deep as it could be, but better for bearing a load. It could also be that with just 45lbs your form isn't as tight as it would be with an actual load.
     
  7. TrainingAdict

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    You can't check squat form with just the bar.

    Add some weight. Form issues start to appear at 50+% of max.
     
  8. VoodooPlata

    VoodooPlata Brown Belt

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    Puff your chest up in both exercises. Otherwise pretty good for a self-taught beginner!

    Welcome to the S & C, otherwise known as "grunty happy times"!
     
  9. Terrafirma

    Terrafirma White Belt

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    I appreciate all the replies. I'll try to get video of the lifts with some weight on the bar in the next week or two.
     
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2010

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