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    I squat 315, post it on the internet

    YouTube - Atomixnay squatting 315

    This is me doing some big squats. I know there is some controversy over the best squat technique. Give me some advice.

    Some recommend getting your thighs past parallel with the floor to get th emost out of the exercise; my orthopedist recommends 90 degrees for the sake of your knees. This certainly feels like a workout to me. How do y'all feel about my squat technique?

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    Your knees are coming to far forward. Shove your butt back and unlock the hips first.

    I would rather see you with less weight and going lower. You DO get more out of it.


    You need to breathe also.

    It is hard to tell from the video, but the bar position looks off. You may need to adjust it a bit.

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    I can't tell if this is legit or not, but if it is

    1: Your racks are set-up way too high, and as a result the bar is too high on your back. Get your racks down to around nipple line, so you can set the bar lower.

    2: These are not squats. They are possibly 1/4 squats. You aren't at 90 degrees in any way you can measure it. For depth, try to get the top crease of the hip at least parallel with the top of the knee joint.

    3: You are starting the squats with your knees. Don't. Initiate the movement with your hips. Squat back, not down, like how you would sit on a toilet seat.


    These 3 points need to be addressed before you can really go any further, as analyzing your current form isn't going to be much benefit once you make significant changes.
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    I agree with what's above. You're excited about 315, which is certainly respectable, but not BIG. What I would do along with checking your form is use a squat rack. You've got nothing to save your ass is a knee goes weak and you buckle over. Basically if you are lifting without the use of a spotter and / or a safety device, then either you are not truly pushing yourself or you are just being unsafe.

    I suppose this might spark another opinion: squat rack vs smith machine?

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    No opinion, the smith is garbage.

    That said, nothing wrong with squat stands. If you can't make the squat, you can just drop the weight behind you.
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    Thanks yall, thats exactly what I was looking for.

    Yeah, 315 isn't BIG but I'm still proud of it. Thats more than 2x my body weight. Without a rack or squatter, i am concerned about pushing it too hard. I'm heading back to the actual gym with actual equipment in a few weeks when the doc okays the jits for me again.

    How low should the bar be on my back? Nipple line seems low enough to strain the shoulders.

    Less weight, go deeper, less knee movement. Will try that this weekend.

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    Good job training and all, but just realize you did not squat 315. Some say to go all the way down, ass to grass (ATG). Others say to go to parallel (90 degrees).

    You did neither. So while its a good effort and a push in the right direction, lighten up the weight a lot and go all the way down. Actually probably better for your knees to go lower as you let your hips take over and build strength throughout the entire leg.

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    Looks like a high bar position, have a look up the difference between high bar and low bar squats.

    Hips first, as well. Start by activating your hips first. Stick your ass out.

    Go deeper. You need to get to parallel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Emevas View Post
    No opinion, the smith is garbage.

    That said, nothing wrong with squat stands. If you can't make the squat, you can just drop the weight behind you.

    I agree, the locked in linear motion just doesn't feel natural.

    I've actually never had to drop the bar when squatting, but I definitely would go heavy without a spotter and / or squat rack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crushing Step View Post
    I agree, the locked in linear motion just doesn't feel natural.

    I've actually never had to drop the bar when squatting, but I definitely would go heavy without a spotter and / or squat rack.
    Well, it's just a question of what is more valuable: the floor or yourself. Rubber plates will help.

    Watch what Jesse Marunde (RIP) does at the end of his squat set

    YouTube - Jesse Marunde 407x20 Squats

    Right around the 4 minute mark


    Atom: The bar won't be on your nipple line on your back, you just set the rack at that height so that you can get the bar where you need it to be and re-rack it without having to do a calf raise. Here's a decent discussion on bar placement

    http://stronglifts.com/correct-bar-placement-on-squats/


    Here's a video of my squats taken from a good angle to get an understanding of low bar placement as well

    YouTube - 405+chains 3x5 squat

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