Form critique thread, post your videos here.

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  • Sarauk2sf
    Sarauk2sf Posts: 28,072 Member
    I'm trying to learn front squats, any pointers are welcome.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGuX7Ce4uhM

    (I feel like I'm leaning too far forward, but on the third rep here I put my feet as wide as reasonably possible and went to the bottom, and then started leaning back until I tipped over. So yeah that's as upright as I can be.)
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    You are going really far back. Fronts are more dropping down than sitting back. As DYELB says - can you take a vid from the front.
  • FrnkLft
    FrnkLft Posts: 1,821 Member
    @SezxyStef

    Both movements look better. Just be careful with the forward lean/rocking, and keep those knees in line with your feet.

    Just in case you need a warmup, a good one is DeFranco's Limber 11, and Supple 6. Just google those, might help over time with reaching depth and of course it'll help you stay out of the doctor's office.
  • starbucksbuzz
    starbucksbuzz Posts: 466 Member
    OK - my first time posting for critique, go easy on me. :) Background - I am looking at competing in a power lifting competition sometime this year. There is one at my gym in march, but I'm feeling kinda intmidated and thinking about just going to watch that one. My back squat has always been my strongest lift; but I video'd from the side last night and realized that my depth isn't what it should be. Yes I like a wide stance, and low bar. Would you guys agree that I should lighten my load a bit and work depth/ form for a little while? (I'm thinking like a weeks worth of workouts or so)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgDemthSyAE
  • DopeItUp
    DopeItUp Posts: 18,771 Member
    OK - my first time posting for critique, go easy on me. :) Background - I am looking at competing in a power lifting competition sometime this year. There is one at my gym in march, but I'm feeling kinda intmidated and thinking about just going to watch that one. My back squat has always been my strongest lift; but I video'd from the side last night and realized that my depth isn't what it should be. Yes I like a wide stance, and low bar. Would you guys agree that I should lighten my load a bit and work depth/ form for a little while? (I'm thinking like a weeks worth of workouts or so)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgDemthSyAE

    Nothing jumps out at me as a major red flag other than the depth. Definitely want to get another 3-4" lower, if not more. Especially during a competition with strict judging, you might want to practice going even a bit lower to give yourself some buffer room.
  • FrnkLft
    FrnkLft Posts: 1,821 Member
    Pro tip: Use a box or a band or something and adjust it so that you touch it at the bottom of the squat. Good way to make sure you're reaching depth.
  • starbucksbuzz
    starbucksbuzz Posts: 466 Member
    Thanks, I'll try that tonight. :)

    Thank you for confirming my suspicions! :)
  • hnsaunde
    hnsaunde Posts: 757 Member
    Hi everyone, I've got a new deadlift video I was hoping to get some feedback on. I posted one a while back, and the feedback I got from there was I need to set up closer to the bar, and drop my hips more, so I'm hoping this one shows some improvement in those areas.

    Old Video (1 x 5 @ 165 pounds): http://youtu.be/5za2E1kxyug

    New Video (1 x 5 @ 155 pounds): http://youtu.be/_QhjbWEzlIg

    Thanks!
  • DYELB
    DYELB Posts: 7,407 Member
    Hi everyone, I've got a new deadlift video I was hoping to get some feedback on. I posted one a while back, and the feedback I got from there was I need to set up closer to the bar, and drop my hips more, so I'm hoping this one shows some improvement in those areas.

    Old Video (1 x 5 @ 165 pounds): http://youtu.be/5za2E1kxyug

    New Video (1 x 5 @ 155 pounds): http://youtu.be/_QhjbWEzlIg

    Thanks!

    I've got no problem with your form, but I will say that you look pretty timid pulling that.

    [ whothef*ckwaxesphilosophicalaboutlifting...stfuIdo ]
    Deadlift is a pretty agressive lift, it's not one to do slow and steady.
    I'm not saying yank it so hard you blow out your back, but don't be gentle with the bar, dominate it.
    Drive your hips forward like you're trying to bang the bar (in fact the only negative critique I have on your form is that you aren't driving your hips forward enough).
    When the bar touches the ground, it should make a noise. Not because you dropped it but because it's friggin heavy and wtf is your problem setting off a lunk alarm.
    Part of it is comfort with the movement, so by all means get the technique down (which I think you have pretty good based on that video) but stop tiptoeing and pick the damn thing up!
    [ /whothef*ckwaxesphilosophicalaboutlifting...stfuIdo ]
  • hnsaunde
    hnsaunde Posts: 757 Member
    Hi everyone, I've got a new deadlift video I was hoping to get some feedback on. I posted one a while back, and the feedback I got from there was I need to set up closer to the bar, and drop my hips more, so I'm hoping this one shows some improvement in those areas.

    Old Video (1 x 5 @ 165 pounds): http://youtu.be/5za2E1kxyug

    New Video (1 x 5 @ 155 pounds): http://youtu.be/_QhjbWEzlIg

    Thanks!

    I've got no problem with your form, but I will say that you look pretty timid pulling that.

    [ whothef*ckwaxesphilosophicalaboutlifting...stfuIdo ]
    Deadlift is a pretty agressive lift, it's not one to do slow and steady.
    I'm not saying yank it so hard you blow out your back, but don't be gentle with the bar, dominate it.
    Drive your hips forward like you're trying to bang the bar (in fact the only negative critique I have on your form is that you aren't driving your hips forward enough).
    When the bar touches the ground, it should make a noise. Not because you dropped it but because it's friggin heavy and wtf is your problem setting off a lunk alarm.
    Part of it is comfort with the movement, so by all means get the technique down (which I think you have pretty good based on that video) but stop tiptoeing and pick the damn thing up!
    [ /whothef*ckwaxesphilosophicalaboutlifting...stfuIdo ]

    That's a very good point, thanks for the advice! I get paranoid about my form on deadlifts so I tend to do them more slowly than I should be, but that's something I can easily work on changing. I'm going over some Youtube videos on hip drive as well, and I'll give that go too. Thanks again!
  • haroon_awan
    haroon_awan Posts: 1,208 Member
    Hi everyone, I've got a new deadlift video I was hoping to get some feedback on. I posted one a while back, and the feedback I got from there was I need to set up closer to the bar, and drop my hips more, so I'm hoping this one shows some improvement in those areas.

    Old Video (1 x 5 @ 165 pounds): http://youtu.be/5za2E1kxyug

    New Video (1 x 5 @ 155 pounds): http://youtu.be/_QhjbWEzlIg

    Thanks!

    I've got no problem with your form, but I will say that you look pretty timid pulling that.

    [ whothef*ckwaxesphilosophicalaboutlifting...stfuIdo ]
    Deadlift is a pretty agressive lift, it's not one to do slow and steady.
    I'm not saying yank it so hard you blow out your back, but don't be gentle with the bar, dominate it.
    Drive your hips forward like you're trying to bang the bar (in fact the only negative critique I have on your form is that you aren't driving your hips forward enough).
    When the bar touches the ground, it should make a noise. Not because you dropped it but because it's friggin heavy and wtf is your problem setting off a lunk alarm.
    Part of it is comfort with the movement, so by all means get the technique down (which I think you have pretty good based on that video) but stop tiptoeing and pick the damn thing up!
    [ /whothef*ckwaxesphilosophicalaboutlifting...stfuIdo ]

    That's a very good point, thanks for the advice! I get paranoid about my form on deadlifts so I tend to do them more slowly than I should be, but that's something I can easily work on changing. I'm going over some Youtube videos on hip drive as well, and I'll give that go too. Thanks again!

    In other words, be aggressive but quiet this badazz woman nomsayin

    hACB522F8
  • DopeItUp
    DopeItUp Posts: 18,771 Member
    Hi everyone, I've got a new deadlift video I was hoping to get some feedback on. I posted one a while back, and the feedback I got from there was I need to set up closer to the bar, and drop my hips more, so I'm hoping this one shows some improvement in those areas.

    Old Video (1 x 5 @ 165 pounds): http://youtu.be/5za2E1kxyug

    New Video (1 x 5 @ 155 pounds): http://youtu.be/_QhjbWEzlIg

    Thanks!

    I've got no problem with your form, but I will say that you look pretty timid pulling that.

    [ whothef*ckwaxesphilosophicalaboutlifting...stfuIdo ]
    Deadlift is a pretty agressive lift, it's not one to do slow and steady.
    I'm not saying yank it so hard you blow out your back, but don't be gentle with the bar, dominate it.
    Drive your hips forward like you're trying to bang the bar (in fact the only negative critique I have on your form is that you aren't driving your hips forward enough).
    When the bar touches the ground, it should make a noise. Not because you dropped it but because it's friggin heavy and wtf is your problem setting off a lunk alarm.
    Part of it is comfort with the movement, so by all means get the technique down (which I think you have pretty good based on that video) but stop tiptoeing and pick the damn thing up!
    [ /whothef*ckwaxesphilosophicalaboutlifting...stfuIdo ]

    I was thinking the same thing. Your form looks great, time to up the intensity. It barely even looks like you were trying (you probably weren't, I assume this is a light weight for you).
  • hnsaunde
    hnsaunde Posts: 757 Member
    Hi everyone, I've got a new deadlift video I was hoping to get some feedback on. I posted one a while back, and the feedback I got from there was I need to set up closer to the bar, and drop my hips more, so I'm hoping this one shows some improvement in those areas.

    Old Video (1 x 5 @ 165 pounds): http://youtu.be/5za2E1kxyug

    New Video (1 x 5 @ 155 pounds): http://youtu.be/_QhjbWEzlIg

    Thanks!

    I've got no problem with your form, but I will say that you look pretty timid pulling that.

    [ whothef*ckwaxesphilosophicalaboutlifting...stfuIdo ]
    Deadlift is a pretty agressive lift, it's not one to do slow and steady.
    I'm not saying yank it so hard you blow out your back, but don't be gentle with the bar, dominate it.
    Drive your hips forward like you're trying to bang the bar (in fact the only negative critique I have on your form is that you aren't driving your hips forward enough).
    When the bar touches the ground, it should make a noise. Not because you dropped it but because it's friggin heavy and wtf is your problem setting off a lunk alarm.
    Part of it is comfort with the movement, so by all means get the technique down (which I think you have pretty good based on that video) but stop tiptoeing and pick the damn thing up!
    [ /whothef*ckwaxesphilosophicalaboutlifting...stfuIdo ]

    That's a very good point, thanks for the advice! I get paranoid about my form on deadlifts so I tend to do them more slowly than I should be, but that's something I can easily work on changing. I'm going over some Youtube videos on hip drive as well, and I'll give that go too. Thanks again!

    In other words, be aggressive but quiet this badazz woman nomsayin

    hACB522F8

    Lol, I'll keep that in mind!
  • hnsaunde
    hnsaunde Posts: 757 Member
    Hi everyone, I've got a new deadlift video I was hoping to get some feedback on. I posted one a while back, and the feedback I got from there was I need to set up closer to the bar, and drop my hips more, so I'm hoping this one shows some improvement in those areas.

    Old Video (1 x 5 @ 165 pounds): http://youtu.be/5za2E1kxyug

    New Video (1 x 5 @ 155 pounds): http://youtu.be/_QhjbWEzlIg

    Thanks!

    I've got no problem with your form, but I will say that you look pretty timid pulling that.

    [ whothef*ckwaxesphilosophicalaboutlifting...stfuIdo ]
    Deadlift is a pretty agressive lift, it's not one to do slow and steady.
    I'm not saying yank it so hard you blow out your back, but don't be gentle with the bar, dominate it.
    Drive your hips forward like you're trying to bang the bar (in fact the only negative critique I have on your form is that you aren't driving your hips forward enough).
    When the bar touches the ground, it should make a noise. Not because you dropped it but because it's friggin heavy and wtf is your problem setting off a lunk alarm.
    Part of it is comfort with the movement, so by all means get the technique down (which I think you have pretty good based on that video) but stop tiptoeing and pick the damn thing up!
    [ /whothef*ckwaxesphilosophicalaboutlifting...stfuIdo ]

    I was thinking the same thing. Your form looks great, time to up the intensity. It barely even looks like you were trying (you probably weren't, I assume this is a light weight for you).

    Yep, you caught me! It's not a light weight, it challenges me, but it's definitely on the lighter side of what I can deadlift. Now that I know my form is mostly down, with some work to be done on the hip drive, I can definitely work on upping my intensity. Thanks for the advice!
  • Fullsterkur_woman
    Fullsterkur_woman Posts: 2,712 Member
    Alright, I'm finally posting this. It's a few months old, and I think it's at 215. I pulled 220 a month ago and I'll be going up for a new PR soon.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rF9clI30xHs

    Wanted to get your thoughts on what's glaring about this video. Hopefully it's all stuff that my trainer's already worked with me on, but just in case.

    Thanks!

    P.S. Can anybody do Atlas stone critique?
  • SideSteel
    SideSteel Posts: 11,068 Member
    Alright, I'm finally posting this. It's a few months old, and I think it's at 215. I pulled 220 a month ago and I'll be going up for a new PR soon.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rF9clI30xHs

    Wanted to get your thoughts on what's glaring about this video. Hopefully it's all stuff that my trainer's already worked with me on, but just in case.

    Thanks!

    P.S. Can anybody do Atlas stone critique?

    Video is private.

    I might know somebody who can critique and Atlas stone. Feel free to post the vid and I'll see if I can get him in here.
  • Fullsterkur_woman
    Fullsterkur_woman Posts: 2,712 Member
    Hurr durr! Sorry about that. Fixed it.

    Here's the atlas stone, minus 30 seconds of farting around setting up: http://youtu.be/mLzJvZw1hhA?t=30s
    ETA: I'm not lifting these to plinth. My goal is stone lifting in Iceland, so hip high is all that's required.

    Thank you!

    These are both real old; I need to get some new ones made. I just wanted to post something because I've felt scared to before and I wanted to get out of my comfort zone before it got too scary again. Now that I've done it, when I have new videos to post, it won't be no thang! :wink:
  • SideSteel
    SideSteel Posts: 11,068 Member
    Alright, I'm finally posting this. It's a few months old, and I think it's at 215. I pulled 220 a month ago and I'll be going up for a new PR soon.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rF9clI30xHs

    Wanted to get your thoughts on what's glaring about this video. Hopefully it's all stuff that my trainer's already worked with me on, but just in case.

    Thanks!

    P.S. Can anybody do Atlas stone critique?

    Video is private.

    I might know somebody who can critique and Atlas stone. Feel free to post the vid and I'll see if I can get him in here.


    Regarding the sumo:

    I would question your setup position as you look slightly over the bar. It also appears as though you're not using leg drive to break the bar off the ground. It looks similar to what my conventional pulls look like in that it appears (to me anyways) that you're hinging the bar up with your back at the start of the pull.

    The bar also drifts away from your shins at the start of the pull. If you're set up properly and you have your momentum going backwards the bar should stay up against your legs throughout the pull. Top of the pull looks good IMO.
  • Fullsterkur_woman
    Fullsterkur_woman Posts: 2,712 Member
    Regarding the sumo:

    I would question your setup position as you look slightly over the bar. It also appears as though you're not using leg drive to break the bar off the ground. It looks similar to what my conventional pulls look like in that it appears (to me anyways) that you're hinging the bar up with your back at the start of the pull.

    The bar also drifts away from your shins at the start of the pull. If you're set up properly and you have your momentum going backwards the bar should stay up against your legs throughout the pull. Top of the pull looks good IMO.

    Thanks! Is this somewhat better?

    http://youtu.be/zgVwjDJ698U?t=9s

    Here's a conventional 175 from about a week ago, after working on keeping lats engaged and sitting back a little more. I am hoping that helps with the bar drift too, which I think has been the biggest thing keeping me failing on higher weights on PR attempts. I've definitely got bruises all up my legs, so I know the bar is in contact throughout now.

    I don't really know how to "use leg drive to break the bar off the ground", but my trainer did say Friday that my hips definitely aren't leading my shoulders on the conventionals anymore. Would that be related?
  • SideSteel
    SideSteel Posts: 11,068 Member
    Regarding the sumo:

    I would question your setup position as you look slightly over the bar. It also appears as though you're not using leg drive to break the bar off the ground. It looks similar to what my conventional pulls look like in that it appears (to me anyways) that you're hinging the bar up with your back at the start of the pull.

    The bar also drifts away from your shins at the start of the pull. If you're set up properly and you have your momentum going backwards the bar should stay up against your legs throughout the pull. Top of the pull looks good IMO.

    Thanks! Is this somewhat better?

    http://youtu.be/zgVwjDJ698U?t=9s

    Here's a conventional 175 from about a week ago, after working on keeping lats engaged and sitting back a little more. I am hoping that helps with the bar drift too, which I think has been the biggest thing keeping me failing on higher weights on PR attempts. I've definitely got bruises all up my legs, so I know the bar is in contact throughout now.

    I don't really know how to "use leg drive to break the bar off the ground", but my trainer did say Friday that my hips definitely aren't leading my shoulders on the conventionals anymore. Would that be related?

    Yes that second vid is much better.

    EDIT: You're borderline over-extending at the top in my opinion, but the issues that were present in the earlier vid look better to me in this vid.
  • DYELB
    DYELB Posts: 7,407 Member
    Regarding the sumo:

    I would question your setup position as you look slightly over the bar. It also appears as though you're not using leg drive to break the bar off the ground. It looks similar to what my conventional pulls look like in that it appears (to me anyways) that you're hinging the bar up with your back at the start of the pull.

    The bar also drifts away from your shins at the start of the pull. If you're set up properly and you have your momentum going backwards the bar should stay up against your legs throughout the pull. Top of the pull looks good IMO.

    Thanks! Is this somewhat better?

    http://youtu.be/zgVwjDJ698U?t=9s

    Here's a conventional 175 from about a week ago, after working on keeping lats engaged and sitting back a little more. I am hoping that helps with the bar drift too, which I think has been the biggest thing keeping me failing on higher weights on PR attempts. I've definitely got bruises all up my legs, so I know the bar is in contact throughout now.

    I don't really know how to "use leg drive to break the bar off the ground", but my trainer did say Friday that my hips definitely aren't leading my shoulders on the conventionals anymore. Would that be related?

    Yes that second vid is much better.

    EDIT: You're borderline over-extending at the top in my opinion, but the issues that were present in the earlier vid look better to me in this vid.

    Why the pop at the top? If youre going for that type of pull Id say get bumpers and drop the weight after your pull. The quick switch in direction Ive always felt puts you at risk for injury. Hold it at the top for a count or two.

    For leg drive think about pulling yourself down into position. That also takes the slack out of the bar. Best example of that imo is bolton: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PNvONtw-94g