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Squat form check: How to fix inconsistency in hitting depth and inconsistent torso angle?

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Asked by: Heidi Gilbert

How do you hit the low bar squat depth?

Cervical spine neutral eyes looking down and slightly unfun. Keep this position throughout the entire squat. Start with a neutral spine not hyper-extended ribs down not sticking out ribs.

What angle should I record my squat at?

45 degrees rear oblique

Place your phone at or just above hip height when you are at the bottom of the squat. Place your phone so that the angle is 45 degrees rear oblique. This is the single most useful angle for video review of a set.

How do I progress squats?

14 Tips for Improving Your Back Squat

  1. START WITH LOW WEIGHT. Whenever you are looking to improve your back squat form with strength training, it’s best that you lower the amount of weight you use at first. …
  3. GET LOWER. …
  4. LOOK UP. …
  5. ADD A BOX. …

How do I fix my squat bar path?

Tips For Keeping The Squat Bar Path In An Optimal Position

  1. Think about the squat cue “claw the ground with your feet” Clawing the ground with your feet will help keep you balanced over the mid-foot. …
  2. Envision moving your body around the barbell as you lower yourself down. …
  3. Record your training from the side.

How do you stop bending forward when squatting?

There are five solutions to fixing a forward lean when squatting: (1) getting your upper back tighter before unracking the barbell, (2) activating your feet to find your balance, (3) building up your quad strength, (4) building up your upper back strength, and (5) stretching your hips.

Should you go past 90 degrees when squatting?

The short and simple answer is as low as possible. Squatting deeper has not been shown by the research to cause any harm to the knees. The research has actually shown that squatting to 90 degrees puts the most stress and force on your knees, but when you go past 90, there is less force on the knees.

How important is squat depth?

Because squatting deeper requires more work from the muscles—particularly those of the posterior chain (calves, hamstrings and glutes). When you squat to full depth, your muscles are stretched further and are better activated than if you were to just perform a parallel squat.

Should you have a straight back when squatting?

When sitting back in a squat, you can feel tempting to lean forward. However, rounding your back is no good for squats at all, you should keep your back straight. This is especially important if you add weights to your squat as you’ll put unnecessary pressure on your neck and spine.

Why I lean forward while squatting?

It’s common to have a tendency to lean forward when trying to squat deeper, but a forward-leaning squat could indicate weak glutes and/or tight hip flexors. When the glutes aren’t strong enough, the hip flexors take over to pull you deeper into the squat, causing you to lean forward.

What causes hip shift in squat?

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What angle should I record deadlift?

Deadlift – film from front oblique angle. Squat, film from rear oblique angle.

Which way do I face my smith machine angle?

One thing to note about the angled smith machine is that you need to face a specific way, whereas with a straight smith machine, it doesn’t matter. With an angled smith machine, your body should be facing away from where the bar is angled. So, when coming up from the squat, the bar is moving up and back.

Why are Smith Machines slanted?

The angled Smith machine is becoming the standard because it better simulates the natural bar path of pressing movements like the chest press. At the bottom position of the chest press, the bar is around mid-chest height but finishes directly above the shoulders.

How do you record yourself lifting?

I just like to prop up my phone on a water bottle or on a dumbbell. I'm good to go it's quick it's out of the way.

How often should I attempt a PR?

Note: We don’t recommend you attempt a one-rep max often. You might want to try for a one-rep max at most once every macrocycle. In between, you can try to increase your PR in rep ranges from 3-5, which will still lead to strength and power gains.

Are you allowed to film yourself in the gym?

Since most gyms are accessible to the public, it is not a violation of privacy laws to record someone in a gym’s common area. Typically the law does not prohibit watching or photographing activities that are outside a person’s reasonable expectation of privacy.