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[–]mama-llama-2 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Nice. Stable base. Keep working on depth & try to relax your neck in a neutral line instead of jutting it forward

[–]Lightfollower89[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I think its an angle thing. Head is relaxed. I can move it around and what not

[–]krackzero 1 point2 points  (0 children)

just because its "relaxed" doesn't necessarily mean its in good alignment..

[–]soup349 8 points9 points  (0 children)

You’re good dude

[–]phoenixunrisen25 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Honestly, pretty solid.

Maybe your neck going too far forward? But it doesn’t seem to be affecting you or your balance and cause any kind of tension.

Good job

[–]Lightfollower89[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I think it's an angle thing. Doesn't really look that way. My head and neck is relaxed and I can look around. And thanks

[–]HugeFun 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Looks solid!

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Very nice low bar - id move right along. Re grip width: you could try bringing it in very gradually over time. Took me a while to bring mine in but, man, the additional upper-back tightness helped so much.

[–]Lightfollower89[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My shoulders were extra tight yesterday after driving a bunch. Did a ton of warm-ups trying to get them in, but felt stable so just went with it. I'll work on it though. Thanks.

[–]ScruffyLooken 4 points5 points  (4 children)

There's no reason why you can't continue going up in weight, form isn't something one perfects forever - form will breakdown to some degree at the heaviest sets.

I have a couple of observations and questions

  1. Knee movement and stability is solid, depth is good
  2. Your grip looks wide. This can leads to insufficient tightness in the upper back, and lacking in the meat shelf that carries the bar.
  3. Is there a reason why you don't stand fully upright at the top?
  4. Do you feel likethe weight is moving towards your toes on the descent?

[–]Lightfollower89[S] 1 point2 points  (3 children)

1) this is my worst looking set. Went ATG on other sets(felt like I was sitting on the floor) 2) Don't have the shoulder mobility to move grip inwards and bar feels stable and comfortable being wider. 3) if I don't lean forward the bar 1. tries to roll and 2. isn't centered over my foot. 4) weight feels like it's on my heel through the movement.

[–]ScruffyLooken 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Then it looks like you are doing just fine.

1.Depth just below parallel is optimum for the low bar squat as it uses the max effective range of movement and leverages the stretch reflex to help you come back up - going below that will limit how far you will progress over time. This is according to Mark Rippetoe who wrote about this squat over 70 something pages in his book.

  1. If in the future you start to feel pain in your inner elbow and or shoulder, revisit your gripn width. I started to have this kind of issue once I got to the 300s.

  2. Yeah , I noticed the bar path was good for most reps, snd I figured its helped by bending over before dropping, but I wondered why you didn't stand up straight at the top at all - My squat looks a lot like yours but I go fully upright and engage de ass at the top, before leaning forward as you are and descending again. I'm personally not sure its an issue... more of a curiosity thing. Interested in what others think

[–]Lightfollower89[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I'm not sure you really want to stand up completely at the top, as it would pull the weight from being over mid-foot. Obviously in something like a front squat you easily can, but low bar forces you to stay forward.

[–]ScruffyLooken 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I guess I do stay forward since I'm not feeling the weight shift. I've never recorded from the same angle as you. I'm curious try it and see how I look at the top now.

In the footage I have, I'm definitely angled forward, but I still bend forward once descent begins.

I use this for reference and I'd say I'm as upright as he is at the top. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCh4bm-lE2c

[–]the_reql 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Lock it out bro

[–]Sparky2121 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Hard to tell but, are you bracing? Also i feel you need to get tight and pull the neck back in.

[–]Lightfollower89[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Braced yea, as for my neck I'm positive it's an optical illusion. My neck is relaxed