thoughtsandsquats:

My favorite part of Fred Hatfield’s (unfortunately out-of-print) powerlifting book is where he talks about the squat form of various elite powerlifters.

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burning-soul:

dumbell or lunch?

burning-soul:

dumbell or lunch?

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thegymismygirlfriend:

ladyknucklesinshape:

therealbarbielifts:

iwanttobeskinnyme:

therealbarbielifts:

HEY GUYS LISTEN UP: THIS IS HOW YOU DO A PROPER SQUAT
1. Place feet a little wider than shoulder-width apart, hips stacked over knees, knees over ankles.
2. Roll the shoulders back and down away from the ears. Note: Allowing the back to round (like a turtle’s shell) will cause unnecessary stress on the lower back.
3. Extend the arms out straight so they are parallel with the ground, palms facing down (like your hands are on someone’s shoulders at a 7th grade dance). Or, if it’s more comfortable, pull the elbows close to the body, palms facing each other and thumbs pointing up.
4. Initiate movement by inhaling into the belly, and unlocking the hips, slightly bringing them back. Keep sending hips backward as the knees begin to bend.
5. While the butt starts to stick out, make sure the chest and shoulders stay upright, and the back stays straight.
6. Keep the head facing forward with eyes straight ahead for a neutral spine.
7. Let the hip joint squat lower to the ground than the knees, if comfortable. Pro tip: Try squatting onto a box. Gentle tapping it with the butt will be a reminder to squat low.
8. Engage the core, and exhale while driving through the heels to return to standing. Imagine the feet are spreading the floor (the left foot to the left, right foot to the right) without actually moving the feet.
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Though you’re not supposed to do FULL squats like in this .gif unless you’re a professional athlete or training for something where you need to do full squats.

Please shut up. That’s the stupidest thing I have ever heard.

Lol

If you squat and it doesn’t go this deep, IT….DONT….COUNT.

Actually you’re both wrong. A squat is deep enough when your hip joint just breaks parallel with your knee joint. Thats a fact, an indisputable FACT. Doesnt matter how deep you go, its still considered a squat once you just break parallel. So for MOST powerlifters, why go farther if it only makes the lift more difficult? But for weightlifters (where the squat is not a competition lift), they need to train that bottom position and reach the maximal depth heir body allows for so they can get out of the bottom of a clean or snatch. If a weightlifter squats like a powerlifter, thats the only time you have a problem. Meanwhile some powerlifters squat in a similar way to weightlifters; eric lilliebridge for example squatted high bar and narrow stance for a very long time before recently switching. And who gives a fuck what bodybuilders do if it builds muscle how they want (but if they tell me they squat 405 and then i see them quarter squatting it then they lose all credit), they dont care about numbers at all. And personally, i cant reach that kind of depth shown above, i literally cannot. I dont have the ankle flexibility and my hips are tight, among other things. And thats an issue im currently working on so i can fix my position in the hole. Oh, and her spine curves at the bottom, theres buttwink (which isnt inherently bad, just not perfect), and if there were any weight on her back she’d pitch forward pretty hard.

thegymismygirlfriend:

ladyknucklesinshape:

therealbarbielifts:

iwanttobeskinnyme:

therealbarbielifts:

HEY GUYS LISTEN UP: THIS IS HOW YOU DO A PROPER SQUAT

1. Place feet a little wider than shoulder-width apart, hips stacked over knees, knees over ankles.

2. Roll the shoulders back and down away from the ears. Note: Allowing the back to round (like a turtle’s shell) will cause unnecessary stress on the lower back.

3. Extend the arms out straight so they are parallel with the ground, palms facing down (like your hands are on someone’s shoulders at a 7th grade dance). Or, if it’s more comfortable, pull the elbows close to the body, palms facing each other and thumbs pointing up.

4. Initiate movement by inhaling into the belly, and unlocking the hips, slightly bringing them back. Keep sending hips backward as the knees begin to bend.

5. While the butt starts to stick out, make sure the chest and shoulders stay upright, and the back stays straight.

6. Keep the head facing forward with eyes straight ahead for a neutral spine.

7. Let the hip joint squat lower to the ground than the knees, if comfortable. Pro tip: Try squatting onto a box. Gentle tapping it with the butt will be a reminder to squat low.

8. Engage the core, and exhale while driving through the heels to return to standing. Imagine the feet are spreading the floor (the left foot to the left, right foot to the right) without actually moving the feet.

(source of steps)

Though you’re not supposed to do FULL squats like in this .gif unless you’re a professional athlete or training for something where you need to do full squats.

Please shut up. That’s the stupidest thing I have ever heard.

Lol

If you squat and it doesn’t go this deep, IT….DONT….COUNT.

Actually you’re both wrong. A squat is deep enough when your hip joint just breaks parallel with your knee joint. Thats a fact, an indisputable FACT. Doesnt matter how deep you go, its still considered a squat once you just break parallel. So for MOST powerlifters, why go farther if it only makes the lift more difficult? But for weightlifters (where the squat is not a competition lift), they need to train that bottom position and reach the maximal depth heir body allows for so they can get out of the bottom of a clean or snatch. If a weightlifter squats like a powerlifter, thats the only time you have a problem. Meanwhile some powerlifters squat in a similar way to weightlifters; eric lilliebridge for example squatted high bar and narrow stance for a very long time before recently switching. And who gives a fuck what bodybuilders do if it builds muscle how they want (but if they tell me they squat 405 and then i see them quarter squatting it then they lose all credit), they dont care about numbers at all. And personally, i cant reach that kind of depth shown above, i literally cannot. I dont have the ankle flexibility and my hips are tight, among other things. And thats an issue im currently working on so i can fix my position in the hole. Oh, and her spine curves at the bottom, theres buttwink (which isnt inherently bad, just not perfect), and if there were any weight on her back she’d pitch forward pretty hard.

barbellbasics:

adjenai:

fleabittendrifter:

adjenai:

do you ever see something and think "wow. that is violently american”

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You mean like glazed-donut-bacon-cheeseburgers?

exactly

And delicious

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sbottmuae:

Kirk Karwoski

sbottmuae:

Kirk Karwoski

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squat-press-pull:

Captain Kirk Karwoski

squat-press-pull:

Captain Kirk Karwoski

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