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Posted On:6/16/2008 8:10pm
Please let us know how the chains work out. I'm interested in those myself.
Posted On:6/16/2008 8:14pm
I'm sure they'll be great, but if you wanna do some supplemental reading, head to westside-barbell.com and elitefts.com to find articles on them.
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Posted On:6/16/2008 8:23pm
Style: creonte on hiatus
+rep on the v-handle chin ups (my favorite way of getting my pulls done.)
Pretty much what RM said. I'd also echo the suggestion to try the oly approach, even with straps. Pretty much since I don't have a squat rack (yet) and can't handle much weight (yet) the oly version off a clean has been my staple for the last couple of days. Something about pushing the elbows upward to make "the rack" forces the back to be much much vertical than with the old bbuilder hold we are used to.
You can also tell what RM is saying regarding delayed glute activation when your butt shoots back and then forward (see how your butt occilates back and then the hips fire forward at 0:36). The hips should extend from the bottom up to the front without going back IMO. That's exactly the same thing I do when I do the front squat with the bbuilder hold as I'm approaching my max.
On a side note, given that I'm 99.99% certain it was the back squat that did it to me on my back, I think I will stick with the front squat for max lifts for quite a while (using deads, very high step ups and glute-ham raises for more ham-oriented lifts.)
On another side note (and I could be very wrong in this), is that the bbuilder hold gives much better emphasis on the thorax when doing a higher number of reps (8-12), but as the load gets heavier (4 reps or less) I find it very hard on the shoulders and I eventually end up curving my back and pop my butt back and the forwards and up.
Out of curiosity, have you used the chains for the front squat? And how heavy are those chains?
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Posted On:6/16/2008 8:30pm
No idea how much they weigh, they're 5 feet lengths of 1/2 chain, so if someone wants to figure that out they can.
Hopefully I'll be able to fix the glute weakness in time. I think elevating the bar might be just the thing.
Posted On:6/17/2008 10:57am
Style: Wu Style TCC + BJJ
I don't think it's weakness per se. It's just that when there's a significant strength difference (front to back, in this case) the weaker muscles tend to "shut down."
I would recommend some light gluteal activation work at the beginning of your workouts and then relatively light weight to ensure that the posterior chain is engaged right from the bottom of squat and DL variations.
Posted On:6/17/2008 12:10pm
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