Squat Form Check Pls
I apologize for the video. It was more of a 'Hey, here's my cell, take a vid of me doing this set please'.
I've already identified one thing. I need to look down more. 'Eyeballs!' As Ripp would say.
I don't see anything else wrong... but.. lets be honest... i don't know what i'm doing.
Narrower stance, squat a little deeper, try to take a better video next time.
Hard to see depth but I think it's probably fine. Your knees should be more out, but other than that your squats look fine.
I'm intentionally using a wide stance, because I'm trying for more of a power-lifting thing and less athletic performance.
Good call on the knees. Is it possible to push your knees out to far? Don't want to go overkill.
I'll try and get a video from the side to confirm / deny depth.
Is this because you plan to compete geared?
Originally Posted by stevey_frac
This is because a wider stance allows you to lift more weight. Ripp even says as much in SS. It just shifts even more load away from your quads, and you start developing strength only useful for squatting wide.
Edit: Here is the relevant portion:
"What is wrong with a wide, modern powerlifting-type sumo-style squat stance? Especially if it allows you to squat more weight? The answer is nothing, if you are a powerlifter. But if you are training for
general athletic strength and power, the thing that is wrong with it is the same thing that is wrong with halfsquatting more weight above parallel. You are trying to get strong; you are not trying to see how much
weight you can squat. The two things are NOT the same, especially if that squat style is not specific to your program or safe for you to use. A wide stance does allow more weight to be squatted, but no sport except
Powerlifting can use strength developed in this stance, because that stance does not occur in other sports. Strength is both general and specific: general in that it is always good to be stronger, specific in that the
strength should be acquired in a way that allows it to be applied to movement patterns used in the sport for which we are conditioning. An extremely wide-stance squat omits much of the quadriceps function, and as
such is not very specific to sports that use the quads. This includes pretty much all of them."
Since I'm gearing more towards power lifter... I don't see anything wrong with squatting really wide, so long as I point my toes out adequately. And keep my knees out.
Last edited by stevey_frac; 04-26-2011 at 11:48 PM.
What Carlos said. I think depth is just a tiny bit shallow on one or two reps, but the vid is kinda shitty. Get some shoes, though, this will also help with depth.
I'm wearing a pair of black converse. It's just hard to see.
Get some LIFTING shoes, I meant. They have a bit of heel, which helps a tad with depth, and are more stable to squat in. The best thing I ever did for my squat was to buy lifting shoes. Really.
Originally Posted by stevey_frac
The converse chuck Taylor all-stars that I use are a flat sole shoe that I bought specifically for weight lifting. Solid rubber sole. Quite stable to squat in. I'm not yet convinced depth is a problem. I'll try and grab some more video tonight, and we'll see how it is from the side.
I'm also going to work on keeping my head down, and knees out.