The Swede writes:
coach, I want to ask you about two things regarding your squatting. please remember that your strength are ridiculously superior to mine.
1. when you squat, you tend to fall forward with your torso. isn’t this very taxing on your lower back? or are you just that awesome?
2. when you hit bottom, your butt winks a bit (as do mine). do you perceive this as a problem at any time?
anyone who prefaces their questions with flattery/self-debasement gets a free t-shirt. i’m just kidding. thank you, and i will do my best…
here is a video of me squatting 385 from today; it is at half speed for your analystic pleasures hence the first 5 seconds are of me standing there. (fuck you to anyone who thinks this is full speed yes i anticipated your joke celica)
1. I used to worry about bending forward. I also did it when I squatted in Chucks with my feet wide apart. Here’s the deal – the bar has to be always over the center of your foot or you’ll tip over unless you’re squatting like 10 kg. If you watch the video you’ll see that this is for the most part true. In order for this to be achieved, you can either 1) let your knees go forward or 2) shoot your hips back. Back in my Westside days I used to believe that you needed to have vertical shins or your kneecaps would shoot off and this made me lean over even more. But it was all good as long as I remembered to do a squat and hit parallel and not just stick my ass out and do a good morning. (now squatting wide stance like that hurts my knee) Squatting is not taxing on my lower back in recent memory (knocks on wood) but I also wear a belt usually 275 or more lbs.
2. i don’t worry about butt wink. a lot of ink has been spilled in recent years over this. to me it’s a sign that I went deep enough. to bolster my position, i just googled it and didn’t read any of the articles that said that it was harmful because they looked scary and could recommend that I foam roll. Instead I found this: http://startingstrength.wikia.com/wiki/Injuries – where it says it may be caused by tight hamstrings but is probably nothing to worry about. anyone else want to chime in, feel free. The older i get the less i realize I know what the fuck i am talking about squat form especially my own. that’s why i like rippetoe and the powerlifting2win guy who I can just read and ape.
weight: 173.0, AM in tshirt, boxers and sox, not as bad as i thought it was going to be but i need to get this under control
Squat: …385×1; 260,265×3
Bench: …315×1; 260,265,270,275×3
some days you got it some days you don’t
Speed deadlift: 210×3,3; 215×3,3
i did some conventional and some sumo, i know i change what i’m doing deadlift-wise every month. i think conventional because: 1) it’s closer to my foot position in squat (if that’s a thing; pl2win says it is) and 2) on good days i can pull more sumo but if my knee is sore i can do more conventional, and sumo sometimes makes my knee sore 3) deadlift slippers are easier to put on than chucks 4) i now have a really close stance in deadlift which i think is gonna help because pl2win says that I have short arms.