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    Your feet are almost pointing straight forward. Point them out around 30*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason Donaldson View Post
    You mentioned on your DL form check that you're on your fifth week - are you been adding 5 lbs a workout all along? With the way both lifts are flying up, I'm thinking you started light. This will fix itself eventually, of course, but you'll need to get your form dialed in at heavy, and lifting too light will not do you as much form help as you might think. (Rip, et al. please counter if I'm way off here...)
    You're right, Jason. It's easy to lift light weights inefficiently, as mentioned in today's article: The Mechanics of Barbell Training | Mark Rippetoe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason Donaldson View Post
    You still need to cut it off higher.

    And your feet still look close to parallel, vs. having your toes pointed outboard at about thirty degrees. Your left foot looks like it's pointed more forward, too.

    You mentioned on your DL form check that you're on your fifth week - are you been adding 5 lbs a workout all along? With the way both lifts are flying up, I'm thinking you started light. This will fix itself eventually, of course, but you'll need to get your form dialed in at heavy, and lifting too light will not do you as much form help as you might think. (Rip, et al. please counter if I'm way off here...)

    Damn, ok, I'll keep working the depth at the bottom. I'm having to unlearn the bad habit of going too deep. I agree that my feet are pointed roughly straight ahead with no angle, that's something to work on.

    Yes, I'm on Week 5 of SS NLP. I started with 10/15lb jumps on squats/deadlifts for the first two weeks and have been doing 5lb jumps on both since week 3. I agree, that I started a little on the lighter side. I justified it so that I can learn the lifts and stay in the novice zone for as long as possible by not moving too fast through it.

    I get what you're saying though about how lifting too light won't help form as much as I might think it is. I've gotta make sure the movements are mechanically correct and it's easy to move a light weight incorrectly...or something like that. Thanks for the help!

    Quote Originally Posted by Steven Kalin View Post
    Your feet are almost pointing straight forward. Point them out around 30*
    Yep, seeing that now. Thanks for the feedback!

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