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    Squat form check please

    Hey guys, i am trying to get this squat thing figured out. I used to be doing box squats and using a bench as the box, but i think it doesnt let me go low enough
    Here is a video:
    (youtube.com/watch?v=jtU3nmIWKms)

    I realized that i wasnt hitting parallel so i tried doing the low bar squats. Here is a video on my attempt:
    (youtube.com/watch?v=21VnDU6l1DM)
    (youtube.com/watch?v=UzsGvL0iagY)

    am i doing them ok?

    is box squat i was doing ok? i can carry a lot more weight that way.

    Thanks
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    not THAT bad, but stop looking down anf keep your head upright
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    The bench is way too high, you're no where near parallel, just stack some plates if you want to do a box squat. Of course you'll be able to carry more weight the higher your squat is.

    Keep your spine neutral and your head stationary, but the low bar squat's not bad.
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    Originally Posted by benjobb View Post
    The bench is way too high, you're no where near parallel, just stack some plates if you want to do a box squat. Of course you'll be able to carry more weight the higher your squat is.

    Keep your spine neutral and your head stationary, but the low bar squat's not bad.
    thanks, but what do you mean by head stationary, do you mean i should try to look at the ceiling or to align it with my spine
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    Originally Posted by sirownsalot View Post
    thanks, but what do you mean by head stationary, do you mean i should try to look at the ceiling or to align it with my spine
    I personally look up because it helps me keep my back arched, but I think both are okay. Try to keep where you're looking consistent.
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    Can't see the back half of you in that video above, hard to judge. From how deep you are going you are either super flexible or you are rounding your lower back. I would guess it's the latter.
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    Originally Posted by tidnab View Post
    Can't see the back half of you in that video above, hard to judge. From how deep you are going you are either super flexible or you are rounding your lower back. I would guess it's the latter.
    Here, i uploaded another one that i think shows my back a little better

    (youtube.com/watch?v=UzsGvL0iagY)
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    looks good!!
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    chest up, look straight ahead or slightly up

    when you un rack bar, think of making double bicep pose to keep upper back tight

    breathe in, push abs out to stabilize core and lower back, keep tight through whole movement

    Looks good overall.

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    Originally Posted by sirownsalot View Post
    Here, i uploaded another one that i think shows my back a little better

    (youtube.com/watch?v=UzsGvL0iagY)
    I was wrong! That actually looks really good... you do lose tightness in your back on the way down a few times, but you are hitting the right bottom position and your ascent looks solid. Keep the descent more under control and that's a great squat.
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