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    Default Squat form check for a friend

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    I've been "coaching" my friend online for a while, trying to correct his technique but I can't seem to give the right corrections, so I'm asking for your help.

    He's 22 yo, 198lbs, 190cm (6'2" I think). Has a lot of trouble putting on bodyweight, but he's trying as hard as he can, he even tried a version of GOMAD but he's really lactose intolerant. Follows a diet that is mostly carnivore, so I'm pretty sure he gets enough protein in there.


    Nailing the Bar Position on the Squat with Phil Meggers - YouTube

    Anyway, he seems to be on his toes too much.
    He used to flare up his elbows but he has corrected that a little bit.
    Any help is appreciated, thanks!

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    Video of his squat?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Rippetoe View Post
    Video of his squat?
    Ops, that's embarassing, I have pasted another video instead of his.

    Here it is

    Squat - 118,5kg (260lbs) - YouTube

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    Can't see a lot that we need to see, but I can tell you he's floppy and loose and he's got a coordination problem between his hips and knees. One some reps, his hips lead, while on others his knees do. He's not staying leaned over and lifting his chest on the turnaround. I'd like to see these reps done just a hair slower so he can maintain tightness and control.

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    food

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    Follow up on my friend

    He got to 125kg and fell back on his ass. Luckily no injuries happened.
    I told him to go back to 105kg, cause until we fix the technique there's no chance he gets over that number.
    Of course he's been doing fine, and I gave him tips as best as I could.
    This is his last squat:

    Squat - 108,5kg - YouTube
    (I don't know what wrong with youtube. It uploaded it as a short even if it's 1 min long)

    The main errors I can see are:
    -barbell seems too low
    -knees don't follow toes

    Plus, no food. The kid is stubborn about his keto/carnivore approach

    Any help is appreciated

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    You are wasting your time with him. But maybe you'll learn a few things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Rippetoe View Post
    You are wasting your time with him. But maybe you'll learn a few things.
    I probably am (wasting my time) on the diet front, he will get it eventually I hope.
    What about his squat? Any useful correction?
    I told him to think about sitting back to prevent knee slide and keep his knees out at the bottom.
    Is the bar actually too low you think?

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    Bar is not too low, but the grip is too wide and elbows are too high. The squat itself is pretty good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Rippetoe View Post
    Bar is not too low, but the grip is too wide and elbows are too high. The squat itself is pretty good.
    Will try to work on the grip, thanks Rip!

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