Saturday, January 22, 2011

This is me when I had gone completely back to basics in improving my technique with squatting. I was not going down far enough at all and so needed to re-educate my muscles to support me going lower.

In order to do this I used a board to raise my heals slightly and this made such a difference. Where I felt I could not get my thighs parallel without falling over backwards this changed my body alignment to allow me that access. When looking into it further power-lifters use proper squatting shoes with wooden heels.

Since doing this I am working up to actually not using the board anymore but am thinking that my natural posture is not cut out for going that low, fingers crossed I will be able to train my body to deal with it.
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  • AMC120
    Great job!!!!
    3217 days ago
    I'll bet your legs were shaky after that!!
    3220 days ago
  • BECKY_ROWE1984
    Lol, we used to use the low bench in the gym but it was not really low enough. I have just started doing wide leg for reps so am limiting the weight and these seem to be even more difficult to guide on how far I should be going down, but boy do they work! My toes are slightly turned out to put more emphasis on the inner quads and it gets me every time! Great feeling though, legs of jelly, but then three days later and legs of steel! lol

    3220 days ago
  • REDSHOES2011
    Hi Becky,
    I use a couple of aerobic step benches low setting stacked on each other and tap my butt on the down movement.. This lets me know I am at the correct position without staying to high and doesn't allow me to go too low..
    It is really hard with weight on the shoulders to judge this so I appreciate a marker under my butt..
    I have watched other body builders do this and I have taken the method into my routine for safety.. I am stiff when doing it correctly for up to a week lol..
    I love your vlogs! Keep em coming!
    3220 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/22/2011 11:45:42 AM
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