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Discussion in 'Fitness Challenges' started by user786, Dec 23, 2007.
That would be awesome!!
BW x 10
45 x 10
135 x 10
185 x 5
225 x 3
245 x 1
265 x 1
285 x 1
300 x 1 - New PR
You are knocking on the door yourself...
Finally! 145 kg (~319 lbs) whereas my previous best was 130 kg (~286 lb):
I've wanted to break 300 (315 to be precise) for a long time.
<--- hoping to inject life into a dead thread; aspiring and perspiring lifters take up the challenge!
Any tips/links on wrist positioning for the front squats? My wrists hurt and I am afraid of breaking them. Plus, whenever I do them your way, the bar is not secure. I have resorted to lacing the bar with arms crossed over.
Check this list of guidelines:
- the bar rests on the shoulders
- the arms do not bear the load
- the bar rests on the meat of the shoulders, across the clavicles (but not supported by them), very close (probably touching) the base of the neck
- the fingers/hands just hook underneath in order to stabilize the weight
- the palms should be open, not closed on the barbell
- as long as you can get the first two fingers under the barbell, you're in business
- your scapula should be protracted, not retracted, when using this grip
- when in position, actively push the elbows up and inwards, puffing and somewhat squeezing the chest
The best way to build the flexibility needed is to practice holding a lightly loaded barbell after each workout. Actively press those elbows up as you do this. Flexibility is primarily required from the lats, triceps, and forearms.
When I get into position, I approach the barbell and place my hands just slightly wider than shoulder width (i.e. wide enough so that when my arms are bent back my index fingers sit barely touching the outside of my shoulders). Then, I rotate the elbows around the barbell, stepping "into" (toward and under) it, keeping the hands in place. I do this a bit fast without thinking too much about it, which helps me intuitively find where the bar should sit. I adjust as necessary.
Fantastic lift man. I am impressed. I haven't done front squats in a routine for months now... I topped out around 250 when I was doing them last. Makes me want to throw them in again.
edit: How do you like those shoes? I almost bought those exact ones, but I've been happy enough in my converse.
This is the part I can't seem to get. To get the bar back far enough to my neck, I have to sit it up on my clavicles which is pretty painful. I get a slight lean at the bottom that was causing my wrist pain, but I've been working on flexibility and it's MUCH better (less lean = less pain, but too little and I fall backwards). I still can't quite get a relatively comfortable rack position, but I understand there really isn't one.
That's the fix....
Just like traps and the back squat...
Guess that means moar presses.
I did Hack Squats the other day - 4x5x225, which is a PR for me. I haven't done back squats in nearly 3 months, so I am really jazzed to see where I'm at..
1 x 285 - new PR
Closing in! This is after a week and a half of no training and crap diet. I'll get 300 by then end of November!
Here we go! 136.5kg is 300.3lbs to be precise. At last!
I wanted to get the professional squatters opinion on something. I use the plate loader V-Squat machine which is just a squat sled to do squats. My reason for this is when I do barbell squats, my spine right between my traps aches for days. I've tried moving the bar around and layering on pads and layers of clothes/towels but it always seems to hurt, and not in a good way. I have gotten my V-Squat up to 330 lbs. for 5. The most I have ever squatted with a barbell is 205 for 6. Am I cheating myself by not doing barbell squats?
If you can't figure out how to place the barbell on your back without hurting your spine, you're better off on the machine. As soon as you fix that, however, you're better off with the barbell. Machines are a lot different than using free weights. It's not cheating yourself if it's preventing the development of an injury.
Soz, was rounding pounds to 1 decimal place. But who cares about that! My max just went up again! (in pounds)