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    Default Squat form check

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    Hello, I have learned a lot from Starting Strength over the past years, but I made the stupid mistake of avoiding the squat because around 220 lbs my elbows would start to hurt and I couldn't keep my upper back tight.
    After hours of listening and reading content I really made a commitment to be able to get under a heavy squat so I could put all the valuable teaching into practice.
    I'm very happy to report that I made it to this point where I can pr (3x5 254lbs) pain free. I switched the grip, kept the focus on my upper back and made sure to keep driving with the hips.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jaq3m48n_9Q

    Is there anything I could improve on (maybe with a light day + 1x5 heavy deadlifts on wednesday or just go up three times a week)?

    Thank you very much, keep up all the good work you do,

    Greetings from the Netherlands.

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    Are you supporting the weight of the bar with your arms or with your back?

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    With my back. I messed this up in the past, resulting in a break of thoracic extension and later elbow pain.
    Switching to thumbs around grip seems to work for me.

    My cue every rep is now full extension, breathe, hold.

    Just hit a 5lbs pr

    Here is the last pr.
    Any suggestions are appreciated.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFEhlcRZ3Hk

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    I only asked because your elbows were quivering on the descent. Sounds like you fixed it though. Squats look good.

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