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 Post subject: Re: Form checks
PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2012 4:37 pm 
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It's just my opinion (and I could be completely wrong), but I think you guys are getting fooled by the wrist position due to the first picture, which in fact does look cocked back. To me, the last two pictures the wrists look fine.

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 Post subject: Re: Form checks
PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2012 9:34 pm 
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And, of course, you could be right. I'd probably not admit it if you were, but you could be. We've talked about it, and Dub is pretty smart, so I'll bet he'll figure out who is right, and correct if necessary.

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 Post subject: Re: Form checks
PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2012 10:36 am 
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Thanks for the mixed opinions. Personally, I think my wrists are slightly crooked, which is only a good thing. Keeping the forearm/wrist angle completely straight would be downright impossible and it would wreck the exercise. I accept and think a slight angle is still good. The barbell goes very close to elbowlines aswell.
About the grip. It was a little affiliated with that little cue that you forearms should be vertical in the bottom(like Doc said), but I think it has slowly morphed into my likings. This is the grip I always take these days, and feels the most comfortable. No doubt, I will still try wider and narrower next time on the bench, we'll see about that.

Anyhow, I also filmed the Squats. Both, Back and front. I didn't really worry about these. I have great mobility and I've always been strong on squats. There shouldn't be much wrong on the form. Maybe the slight remark of moving hips before the knees when going down. Maybe I should look a little into that. But anyway, check it out and see if I'm wrong. The weight was very light on back squats, but a bit harder on the front ones. (70kg) Oh yeah, I had a balance loss on the first back squat, nevermind that. Mostly a consentration issue.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOPPxu5Bd9U&

Here are still pictures for the lazy and unable people. I kid, but still. Top, midway and bottom positions.
Front Squats:
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Back Squats:
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EDIT: The back squats are totally missing the elbows forward phase, they are too far back. Maybe the weight was too light to consentrate on that issue. I wasn't about to fall forward.

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 Post subject: Re: Form checks
PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2012 4:27 pm 
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Just to clarify, I wasn't meaning to say that the writst should be straight, just that the bar should be in line with the forearms and elbows. If the wrist is straight, the bar will actually be ahead of the forearms, and supported almost entirely by the thumbs, and I didn't mean to imply that.

The squat photos look great to me.

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