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  1. Greetings. Had a frustrating morning deadlifting and could use some eyes on my form. Currently doing the 2suns 531, which starts with a 5 rep, 3 rep, then a 1+, followed by alot of 3's Here is my 1+ at 290x3 https://youtu.be/Y4QD2pPZ5OI This was admittedly brash, after trying to sink into a deeper more careful pull and failing, getting lightheaded, then resting for a minute. I was frustrated. Here is the next set at 270x2: https://youtu.be/XIScUcb459o I was tired and a bit irked from the previous set, hence the careful yet unsure setup. Hips a
  2. What's up guys. I've been using Nerd Fitness for awhile but I just got on the forums. I had a question about bent over dumbbell rows. So I started working out again, I have a gym membership now and 3 times a week I've been going in and doing this sites "Beginner Workout." I've had to do it exercise by exercise in sets rather than as circuits cause I wait for first a bench to open up (for my 3 sets of rows) then for the Smith's to open up (I do 4 sets of incline assisted pushups cause I'm pretty bad at real ones atm). My ultimate goal at the moment is to be able to do 1 pullup which is definite
  3. Brief backstory: NF Rebel and powerlifter since April 2014. Currently on leave from my graduate program to focus on some health issues before continuing the get-my-PhD saga. The past couple of challenges I’ve solidified the basic, keep-me-functional habits and gathered data to aid in troubleshooting some lingering issues. Now that that foundation is set, it’s time to take on some dragons: I need to take a critical look at my lifting form, especially for deadlifts and bench. After a recent conversation with a friend about bench form, I filmed my bench for the second time ever (yeah, shoul
  4. I'm not sure if this is technically a "form check" but a 12 week program I'm following lists the Hack Squat and I'm seeing two slightly different forms and trying them they felt vastly different. I was wondering if someone could explain the difference between the two forms. Why is the hack squat with raised heels so much harder to perform? To perform a hack squat hold the barbell behind your back, squat down, then back up. The difference comes in either performing the squat flat footed (like this picture) or with plates under your heels (like so). I originally start
  5. Hey guys! Almost finished with my first month on Stronglifts. My first foray with deadlifting socks and the fact I was using a squat rack by a window and had something to rest the phone on means I filmed myself. I'm sorry I didn't capture my feet, but I have a strong aversion to portrait mode. Hopefully you've got enough to go on... https://vimeo.com/168666565
  6. Hey guys I wanted some your opinions on my squat form. I was also wondering about the arch in my lower back I don't know if I'm over exaggerating this too much and is bad form or is good form. My lower back doesn't hurt either. Also I want your opinions on my bar path if it is totally off or with in the range of acceptable. The bar tracking app I think gets off a little but gives an okay idea for the first rep then you kind of have to eyeball the rest. Thanks. This is a moderate weight for me. https://youtu.be/MSKYiyf2sMk
  7. Here is 225. https://youtu.be/QB-a-PIKqFc
  8. Please give me feedback on my deadlift form. Thanks. https://youtu.be/p2U7cX-ydWU
  9. Hey guys, looking for a little help with my jump squat. I've been doing the angry bird workout for a little over a month now and I've progressed up to jump squats. The problem is, I noticed after the first couple of days that they make my knees hurt. I know the problem is that I'm not keeping my heel grounded the way you're supposed to in a squat. But how are you supposed to jump without going up on your toes? Thanks for any advice. I've gone back to overhead squats until I get this figured out. I already have knee issues, so I don't want to risk doing any more damage.
  10. Please give me feedback on my deadlift form. Thanks. https://youtu.be/p2U7cX-ydWU
  11. God. At this point, I am literally asking both the NFR community and God, am I doing something wrong? Because it seems like every time I try to do something to prepare my body and help it, it just hurts me more, instead. I do warm-up sets with squats. I get to the actual set, and I end up finding myself not having enough strength and balance to push up from the bottom of the squat, and I go tumbling back. I do warm-up sets with squats the next time, and I hurt my left knee on the warm-up set with nothing but the bar. I try to do calf and leg stretches to help my sore left knee and shin,
  12. Hey folks -- So, after watching a couple of videos to see how I could improve my squat technique (it was hurting my knees), I gave it a shot today. End result: lots of lower back pain. So clearly I'm doing it wrong, even though my knees didn't go over my toes, and even though I was trying to sit back instead of just down. I'm a little kinesthetically un-gifted (one of those folks who ALWAYS gets hit in the head with a soccer ball, baseball, tennis ball, you name it), so I'm afraid I'll just hurt myself if I keep trying to "improve" my form. Any alternative exercises anyone can suggest? I l
  13. Hi guys! So apparently it's not normal to be able to point the inner bend of your elbows directly out over your hands... I didn't realise that hyperextend-y elbows (and knees) was a normal thing, and I think it may be affecting my push up progression (the knees not so much.) That or I just have really sucky upper body strength (Also a possibility!) My yoga teacher pointed it out and I've since modified my positioning with my arms for things like Downward Dog and it's helped, which got me to thinking that it could be affecting my push ups also. Currently I can do 1x3 full push ups, but
  14. Hello, First videos Bench Back Squats Front Squats Any input would be greatly appreciated
  15. Hi Guys. It's been a while since i've posted here in the Nerd Fitness forums. I maybe absent in the forums but i've always been active in reading the articles. Anyhow, let's get down to business... As my first " return to the forums" post, I'd like to show my Squat. This is 90% (295 lbs) of my 5RM (325) Front View Side View I'm having some minor "tingling sensation" in my right knee. I think it's not yet quite alarming but I just want to prevent any major injuries that might happen soon. Today, I tried to do a wider stance in my back squat. I don't feel any pain whenever i do heavy s
  16. let me know what you think https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bRXurxIhzg
  17. Question! I've been doing modified push ups for about 2 months now and I find them too easy. However when I try regular push ups I can only do like 4 before I collapse. Is there an in between push up I can try? Or an easier way of getting into the form? Help please
  18. Hi! So, I've been doing the angry birds workout, and I just want to check something about the squats. When I squat down, how low should I go? I usually lower until my bum is just a little below my knees, then I push back up. Is that enough?
  19. For some reason, I can't stop the bar from shifting side to side when unracking as well as pressing. This happens whether there is weight on the bar or not, though it happens more on an empty bar. I'm currently at 50 lbs, and I know I can lilft more, but I'm afraid to go anywhere beyond this, because of the bar shifting so much. Any advice for how to get it to stay still?
  20. Hey guys I have a question for ya. Would it be beneficial to do yoga routines in between work outs on rest days? I'm a beginner trying to build up some muscle and strength and the idea just popped into my head. I've never done yoga before so some basic routines and tips would be much appreciated.
  21. Hi guys fairly new around here just need to make sure this isn't going to kill me. When I set up I don't have a fully straight back I don't think? But it corrects itself after the first pull from the ground. Also my head positioning how can I get that to go inline with my spine. Any thoughts? I usually foam roll before and after workouts also to give this some background. 20 years old 73.7KG 5 ft 8 Been doing a starting strength style program although with squatting twice a week monday and wednesday with chin ups subbed in for powercleans since i can't do them still alternating over
  22. Huh? I'm confused by the muscle head terminology. What do these actually mean? "Screw your feet/hands into the floor" "Break the bar?" "Tighten your abs" but "breath into your belly" How does one do this? I'm sure the answer is simple, but not for this noob. I'm also sure this is in the wrong spot, but this is my... second forum post? Sorry, I'll get the hang of it.
  23. Some of the best challenges are about facing your fears and this time I feel that I need to face one of mine. I am absolutely terrified of criticism, but I think that's what I need. Current Main Quest: I've decided to sign up for my first powerlifting contest in spring 2014. I want to make a respectable showing and (stretch goal) make the qualifying total for the Scottish Seniors in autumn 2014 (250kg if I'm in the 63kg class). 1. Sort that blinking bench press. My bench press 1RM hasn't improved at all since April even though my working weight has gone up 20kg. I know that it's a form iss
  24. 6x350lbs As you can tell from the video, I think I need to go lower. But it is hard for me to tell because of the size of my quads and hamstrings. I believe my form is otherwise fine. I hate that I don't have a partner in the gym anymore. But that's what you get when you can only go pretty late at night.
  25. I filmed myself doing some back squats so I could check my form. Overall, I think it's pretty good except that I round a bit in my back as I drop below parallel in the squat. Also I could make less of a 'pain face' in the later sets. Any feedback is welcome <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Z_qzfEKELIA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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