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    Squat Form Check

    Hey guys...

    I haven't been doing squats for that long and I wanted to get some tips on form. I know that I may not go deep enough, however this is about as deep as I can currently get with as big as I am.

    This was my last set of the day... I figured if my form was gonna suffer it was more likely to happen towards the end.

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    1/16 squats.

    you don't sit back enough. you break with the knees.

    can you get into a full squat position with the bar alone? If not, flexibility needs to be paramount.
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    Not low enough, not low enough.

    Sit back first, arch your back hard. Work on hip and ham flexibility and maybe start low box squatting.
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    Originally Posted by clorox_me View Post

    you don't sit back enough. you break with the knees.
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    Originally Posted by bigbird916 View Post

    Sit back first,
    Why are you guys trying to make him do that kind of squat? I find the Olympic/high bar style of braking at the knees and pushing the hips straight down not back much easier to learn and its easier for hitting depth. Not everyone has to squat low bar.
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    I understand what you guys are saying about depth and sitting back. The problem I am having is that at nearly 400 lbs my gut gets in the way... Should I be doing something else until I drop some pounds? I have used this machine before and can get fairly low since there is support from falling over backwards.

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    Originally Posted by alacriTEA View Post
    I understand what you guys are saying about depth and sitting back. The problem I am having is that at nearly 400 lbs my gut gets in the way... Should I be doing something else until I drop some pounds? I have used this machine before and can get fairly low since there is support from falling over backwards.

    If flexibility is not an issue you might just need to work on balance. Personally I don't think you need to sit back any more than you are doing unless you are looking to switch to a low bar-style squat. Main issue is depth.
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    Thanks for the replies guys... I'm really starting to think that flexibility is a major issue. Could you guys recommend some good exercises for hip/ham flexibility. Also, in regard to box squats, what would you consider a good starting depth? 90 degrees?
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    Originally Posted by alacriTEA View Post
    Thanks for the replies guys... I'm really starting to think that flexibility is a major issue. Could you guys recommend some good exercises for hip/ham flexibility. Also, in regard to box squats, what would you consider a good starting depth? 90 degrees?
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