Front Squat form check
- 11-04-2011, 01:38 AM
Front Squat form check
front squat 11-4 video by BrainStorm_wow - Photobucket
Looks like after the first 2-3 reps I went lower. How does this look? I'll have trouble going much lower.
- 11-04-2011, 09:12 AM
it looks like you are squatting on top pf your legs instead of between them. work on doing some goblet squats to teach you to go down between.
your arch looks good but it seems like you are bent over quite a bit then i look at your knees and they dont go forward much on these. for front squats i am all about dropping the hips straight down, keeping the torso upright. this will cause the knees to go past your toes and IMO that is ok. just look at olympic lifters. the front squat all the time with their knees going past their toes. and they dont have knee problems.
your toes seem to be pointing out a bit wide and your knees seem to be pointing inward in relation to them. hard to tell if im right with that camera angle.you can call me "ozzie" for short.
- 11-04-2011, 09:34 AM
11-04-2011, 01:12 PM
I was upright as much as I could be. My butt sticks out. You have to realize I've been flat footed probably my whole life, so my pelvis is probably tilted forward. I just got the right shoes and insoles about a month ago.
11-04-2011, 01:19 PM
I though going just below parallel was good enough regardless off how low you can go. So if my form is off I guess I can't do any form of squats because I can't do back squats either.
Here is another angle
Could it be that I just need a wider stance?
11-04-2011, 02:49 PM
Okay guys I may have answered my own question. How does this look? Wider stance no weight on the bar. I'll have another vid next week when I do squats again. My legs are too sore to test the wider stance with weight.
11-04-2011, 03:06 PM
On the first video, your last rep looked the deepest. They were not below parallel, but it is a start. Everything else looked good from that angle and what I saw, although I agree with asooney - push your knees way out to the side to allow your pelvis and torso to clean in order to go lower.
On the second video - keep your elbows up. Your upper arms should always be parallel to the floor.
The final video with no weight looked good. As your hip mobility improves, so will your front squat and you ability to achieve a greater depth. Right now, I would focus on getting to the depth you were in the final squat in the first video, and the depth of the last video. Also, focus heavily on working to improve mobility via active mobility drills both as a warm up and also as an active recovery spaced about 1 or 2 days following squat day.
11-04-2011, 03:09 PM
Your hips are way to tight to squat. Your hips need to drop back before your knees bend. Look up joe defrancos agile 8 and do it before every leg session and everyday. Front squat with a clean grip, stretch ur wrists ect if you have to. Get flat shoes like chucks or oly shoes made for front/high bar back squating. Strengthen your lower back and hamstrings. None of your vids are parallel either, when the crease of the hip drops below the knee joint is below parallel and when they are even it is parallel.
11-04-2011, 03:51 PM
Derick, I much preferred your form on the second video, so work on getting there. Also work on these mobility drills SweetLou suggested. Lastly, I think you're thrusting your hips forward at the top of the squat. Don't do that, just "straighten" your legs out at the top to the point that you're stable (like get in a position you could hold the weight for 3 minutes), and that's sufficient. You should want to maintain good form at all times.
I like your dedication and your seeking of constructive criticism to help you out. Keep up the good work.
11-04-2011, 03:55 PM
Can you guys provide a link for these mobility drills? Thanks and thank you guys for your help. Also I would guess this is because I have severe over pronation, but when I squat down without the bar just to stretch out I notice when I go atg at the bottom my knees want to come in even with these shoes that are designed to prevent that. I mean I don't think it'll be a problem if I go slightly above atg, it's just something I've noticed.
11-04-2011, 04:25 PM
11-04-2011, 10:39 PM
Ok I found this site
I am unable to do the "split squat" with shoes anyway. Without the shoes with over pronation my knees are going to roll inward so I hope I can skip this stretch and do the others. Also I can't do the stretches with the bands but not because I physically can't do them I just need to get a pair of bands.
11-05-2011, 11:51 AM
Those are ok, look up defranco's hip mobility warm up
11-05-2011, 08:18 PM
11-06-2011, 08:36 AM
11-06-2011, 01:28 PM
11-06-2011, 03:34 PM
Yes...will improve both. Mobility is a wonderful thing
11-06-2011, 08:53 PM
11-06-2011, 10:57 PM
should I do these stretches twice daily or is once enough?
11-06-2011, 11:02 PM
11-07-2011, 07:09 AM
Use them as part of your warm up prior to training and on off days for active recovery. Do static stretches following your training or later in the evening.
11-12-2011, 01:46 AM
Okay these are my new front squat videos. I took a video at a different angle for each set and one vid of no weight on the bar. I still find it hard to hold my arms up higher. The videos are in reverse order so start at the bottom.
11-12-2011, 01:52 AM
So looking at the videos it seem like I'm doing ok lower body wise but upper body wise I'm off.
11-12-2011, 10:49 AM
You need to learn to stay more upright when you front squat. Try getting a huge belly full of air before you unrack. Contract your whole body and keep tight. Lead with your chest, chest up the whole time. Spead the floor so your hips open up. Get a stronger back.
11-12-2011, 11:57 AM
11-12-2011, 03:51 PM
11-12-2011, 09:07 PM
That looked better, to use the clean grip you prob need more flexibilty in your wrists.
11-13-2011, 11:26 AM
11-13-2011, 11:48 AM
go lower, stop thrusting your hips forward.. Id even suggest to not lock out at the top cause it seems like your bobbing around hard.. Unless its your camera..
11-14-2011, 04:36 PM
11-26-2011, 01:04 AM
Cross arm with weight Second set http://s37.photobucket.com/albums/e5...=fronts001.mp4
Cross arm with weight Third set http://s37.photobucket.com/albums/e5...=fronts002.mp4
It seems that I went down lower on the third set. Atleast I did one whole set alright hopefully I'll get all sets done currently next week.
11-26-2011, 08:17 AM
That looks really good. Elbows are up, torso is vertical. Your last rep on the first video was the lowest, and was right around parallel.
In the second vid the first rep it looked like you shifted forward on your feet, but everyone there after was good.
As you increase mobility and strength, you'll be able to get deeper and deeper. Currently you are a few degrees short of femoral parallel. That aside, looks good though, a big improvement.
12-09-2011, 02:09 AM
12-09-2011, 09:44 AM
Looks good. You are progressing, which is great.
Next step is to improve calf (specifically the soleus) flexibility that way you can push your knees further forward.
I noticed in the final video that your feet seem to rock: ie. As you bring the weight down you lift your toes off the floor. Try to keep your foot flat, with the weight evenly spread out between the heel and the mid/forefoot. By gaining calf flexibility and equal wieght distribution in the foot, you'll be able to push your knees further forward (while keeping proper weight distribution on the foot), allowing you to go deeper while still maintaining an upright position.
12-09-2011, 09:51 AM
I think Derick hired a lookalike for those latest vids because they look so different from the ones in the first post.
But seriously, good progress there.
12-09-2011, 10:58 AM
12-09-2011, 11:10 AM
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