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    Default Squat Form Check - 112.5kg on 2nd Round of NLP

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    Good Morning Coaches,

    Please form check please these most recent squats.

    Set 2, 112.5kg:
    2nd set @ 112.5kg - 9/12/21 - YouTube

    3rd set, from the Left, 112.5kg:
    3rd set @ 112.5kg-from LEFT - 9/12/21 - YouTube

    Previous form checks, from 2019-20:
    Good Mornings are My Worst Nightmare!

    About me:

    Age: 37 yrs old
    Height: 5'9"
    Weight: Don't know but smthg like 235lbs
    Duration: 1.5 months into 2nd round of NLP after 16-month layoff; on previous round I was already doing TM on my squats and had gotten up to 127.5kg.

    Seems like I need to work on:

    1. Bar placement on back, I think I see the plates rolling forward on the way down (though I was happy to see a red line across my back after this workout, as I recall reading that this is one of the signs of correct bar position)

    2. Stance width & resultant knee path
    I've been trying to narrow it up lately, but a month ago it felt like a wider stance was the best way to hit depth. My left leg looks like it's way more diagonal (placed out to the side) than the right, but this is due, I think, to the injury mentioned in the next point.

    3. Unequally coming out of the hole
    Not much I can do about this as it's related to the head injury I suffered as a kid, which gave me stroke-like weakness on the left side of my body; just wondering if I should adapt the movement patterns in any special way due to this - I imagine over the years you've had experience coaching people who recovered from strokes/head injuries, and who had residual weaknesses on one side of the body.

    --Rip, the doctors in '92 told my parents I only had a ninety-day "window" to re-learn motor function on my left side!! But after your podcasts on the dude who fell off the roof, was told he'd never walk again, and went on to get his squat pretty high, I wonder how lazy and simply status-quo that advice was!!--

    I know these shoes are awful & I need weightlifting shoes; once the budget allows I will buy a pair.

    Thanks.

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    Last 4 reps were high. And you be better off squatting in your dress shoes than those pieces of shit you're wearing. Watch them as you squat.

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    Thanks Rip, you're absolutely right about those shit shoes, and after the long layoff I'd forgotten about this tip. I dusted off the dress shoes (very blessed to have been working for myself the past four years) and consciously pushed myself to go lower:

    Set 3 @ 115kg, from the LEFT:
    set 3 @ 115kg, from LEFT- 9/14/21 - YouTube

    Set 2 @ 115kg, from the RIGHT:
    Set 2, RIGHT, @ 115kg - 9/14/21 - YouTube

    It feels like the weight moves forward of midfoot when I go down those few extra inches in the hole and I'm wondering if that's due to incorrect (too narrow) stance width that forces me to push my butt back in order to reach depth.

    Esteemed coaches, how do these squats look otherwise? I'm hopeful that I can stretch the NLP beyond 120kg this time around, with better diet, more sleep, and tighter form, albeit a year closer to 40 😂! 🤞

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    It seems to be that your stance is too wide, and the weight goes forward because you are not keeping your upper back tight past the descent (wait for an actual coach to confirm this). I have NLPed my squat to 160 kg at the same age and weight as you and have only stopped because my legs are too big, so I don't see a reason why 120 kg should be a pertinent point to pass, shoot for at least 140.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicholas Laureys View Post
    Thanks Rip, you're absolutely right about those shit shoes, and after the long layoff I'd forgotten about this tip. I dusted off the dress shoes (very blessed to have been working for myself the past four years) and consciously pushed myself to go lower:

    Set 3 @ 115kg, from the LEFT:
    set 3 @ 115kg, from LEFT- 9/14/21 - YouTube

    Set 2 @ 115kg, from the RIGHT:
    Set 2, RIGHT, @ 115kg - 9/14/21 - YouTube

    It feels like the weight moves forward of midfoot when I go down those few extra inches in the hole and I'm wondering if that's due to incorrect (too narrow) stance width that forces me to push my butt back in order to reach depth.

    Esteemed coaches, how do these squats look otherwise? I'm hopeful that I can stretch the NLP beyond 120kg this time around, with better diet, more sleep, and tighter form, albeit a year closer to 40 ��! ��
    Haha, you actually rocked some dress shoes that's awesome.
    I sure as shit don't know anything about recovering from a stroke, but it would seem to me that since you clearly do have the strength to eventually lift the weight the challenge is more of an exercise in coordination and stability.

    To that end, having a more stable platform for the bar to sit on and bracing hard might assist, your elbows looks high to me.
    Fangman did an awesome recent video on bar position if you haven't seen it
    How to Fix Elbow Pain from Squatting with Improper Grip with Adam Fangman - YouTube

    I don't know if you can expect that asymmetry to improve given your situation, but if possible would be nice to fix ASAP.

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