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    Default Form Critique Thread...

    Need feedback on your form?

    Post videos of your squat, deadlift, bench press, overhead press, etc., and either myself or an experienced member of the M&S community will critique your form and give you some tips.

    No shaky cams please.

    To quote Carl1174:

    No one will be ridiculed or laughed at, this is purely for help and advice, the weight is unimportant its just the technique that will be looked at.
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    Ah yes, an official form critque thread is awesome!

    I'm gonna try to post some vids of my lifts next week. This week is my deload week :/
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    Quote Originally Posted by linedriver465 View Post
    Ah yes, an official form critque thread is awesome!

    I'm gonna try to post some vids of my lifts next week. This week is my deload week :/
    Look forward to it LD.

    Hopefully we can accumulate a good database of tips and create a solid reference point.
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    I'll try getting some videos as well.

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    Yeah buddy.
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    Great idea for a thread Steve!
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    All my vids are posted in the "How To" thread (haha J/K)

    I'm subbed, to not only get critiques, but to try to help others here.
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    Great idea for a thread, good to have all form video's in one place!

    I recently posted a video of my squat in the exercise section, and have been given some pointers on form, so I'll work on these, and look to get a new video up here asap!

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    I'll tackle the 475 X1 Deadlift. TBH Gunner, your form needs some work. Firstly, I think your set up needs some improvement, namely your shins need to be closer to the bar. As you began the lift, the bar rolled back towards your shins.I think you should step closer to the bar - maybe 1-2 inches away. As you bend thru the knees, your shins will naturally approach closer tot he bar. Ideally, you want to be just a hair width away from it at this point. Secondly, you must keep your head and chest up. Your looking down as you begin the lift, and this will cause you to lose tightness and your back rounds as a result. Thirdly, you hips are a bit too high, and this is also causing the lift to turn into an RDL.

    After you are properly set up and hips are in an ideal position, think of the lift as a pushing movement instead of a pulling movement as you initiate the lift with your legs, pushing through the heels. As the bar raises just past the knees, your cue is now to f*ck the bar and move those hips forward.

    Finally, do not lean your whole upperbody back to help with the final aprt of the lift/lockout.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunner82 View Post

    Not much to comment on. Looks pretty solid. Just watch so your knee angle stays in line with where your toes are pointed and it's all good.

    Also make sure you are pushing/thrusting your hips forward to lock out the reps. The hips are the power movers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunner82 View Post




    2 major issues.

    First, your feet point at different angles. This is going to really torque your knees, mess with your hips, and just about every other muscle group involved.

    Second, your knee angle must follow your foot angle. Try pushing your knees out as you descend, along the same plane as your foot angle. Varying angles like this, or knees-in squatting is not good for the knees. It also prevents you from going deep enough, which can cause you to good morning the lift and place extra strain on the lower back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunner82 View Post


    Your feet are not deep enough under the bar. As you start the deadlift you are at a poor leverage point because of this, and your hips start to raise in an attempt to get some form of balance or leverage. This is causing you to RDL the lift.

    Also, during lockout don't pull the bar up. Thrust your hips towards the bar like you were making wumpus and throw your head back. The body follows the head, and this in combination with hip drive will lockout the weight.

    Just remember that hips are a prime mover in the deadlift and squat,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunner82 View Post
    Feet looked better.

    Try focusing on standing up rather than pulling the bar off the ground. Lead this effort with the head. When the head mentally leads the lift, the body tends to naturally follow.
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    Wow great advice Steve and Jim. I knew my form was poor on both as is why i posted. Steve the still shot with pointers really puts things in perspective. I will take your advice, lower the weight and really work on changing these things. Awesome, Id rep again if i could! Thank you both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunner82 View Post
    Wow great advice Steve and Jim. I knew my form was poor on both as is why i posted. Steve the still shot with pointers really puts things in perspective. I will take your advice, lower the weight and really work on changing these things. Awesome, Id rep again if i could! Thank you both.
    I wouldn't say your form was poor Gunner...just small things. They are actually pretty common tweaks that most people need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunner82 View Post
    Wow great advice Steve and Jim. I knew my form was poor on both as is why i posted. Steve the still shot with pointers really puts things in perspective. I will take your advice, lower the weight and really work on changing these things. Awesome, Id rep again if i could! Thank you both.
    best of luck Gunner. Keep us updated on your form progression.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Squatter View Post
    best of luck Gunner. Keep us updated on your form progression.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve View Post
    Rep to 2000+

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    Thanks Steve - it sure is an honor to be repped by you to 2000. You win a big bro-hug from me when I come to visit, or a great Italian home cooked feast if you come to visit me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Squatter View Post
    Thanks Steve - it sure is an honor to be repped by you to 2000. You win a big bro-hug from me when I come to visit, or a great Italian home cooked feast if you come to visit me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve View Post
    Serve meat-a-balls and I'm in.
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    sorry how can i upload videos, i want some critiqued but can i just post the vids or do i have to go through youtube?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eric93 View Post
    sorry how can i upload videos, i want some critiqued but can i just post the vids or do i have to go through youtube?
    You'll have to start a Youtube account.
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    I have videos of me squatting 155lbs, 175lbs, and 185lbs. The 155 & 175 videos were on one day while the 185 was on another. Please critique them and offer advice on how to improve my form as i want to make sure they are being done correctly, thanks
    I also couldn't upload them through the site so i am just posting the links

    155lbs- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXxdjmQyChc
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    185lbs- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSJElY61UNk

    also let me know if i should get better quality videos, but for now this is all i have

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    Overall it looks pretty good. It's hard for me to tell if your foot angle it too far out relative to your knee angle. Make sure your knee tracks along the same angle as your foot.

    Also, hard to tell if you're using your hips. Remember this from the hole...butt up, hips forward. Instead of pushing with the legs, bring your back end up and complete the rep with the focus on bringing the hips forward.
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