View Full Version : Critique my form please

06-22-2006, 09:15 PM
I want to get some opinions on my Squat, Bench, and Deadlift form. I am currently training with IA and I tested my maxes the day before I shot these vids, so I am not using Max Effort weight(although the weight I used for deads in the vid was close to my max). Anyway, I want the experienced guys to nitpick the hell out of my form and tell me how to improve. So anyway, butcher me now:

Bench Press- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6r18VjEiwcY
Bench Press(second angle)- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8czeA963bB0
Box Squat- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crM5Etqx3D0
Deadlift- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QR_foAtrLMQ

Thanks guys.

06-23-2006, 08:19 PM

06-24-2006, 02:52 AM
I am no expert but based on what I've seen and seen what other have said about it,

your ass goes too much at first in the dead, not enough legs in the beginnig?
Not sure about the start, but jerking from "slack" like that does not look fun?

box squat looks decent to me

bench, I got nothing. perhaps lower on the chest? post a vid where you are straining and we will see how solid the form really is.

I just noticed I was not keeping tight enough when benching. keeping my torso and back tick like I was squatting. made a world of difference. I was pulling my shoulder back and all, but not really flexing everything all the way through.

any one else?

06-24-2006, 09:13 AM
Thanks for your reply. I noticed that I "jerked" at the start on the deadlift when I first got home and put the vids on my computer. Which is a no-no according to what I see most people say on here when they critique others form.

06-25-2006, 07:03 AM
any others?

06-25-2006, 12:09 PM
I think everything looked great--maybe slow the eccentric down on the box squats.

You look like you have lots of potential--keep up the good work.


06-25-2006, 01:59 PM
I think everything looked great--maybe slow the eccentric down on the box squats.

You look like you have lots of potential--keep up the good work.



iron addict
06-26-2006, 03:58 AM
Very workable lifts. Your shoulder posistion may eventually cause shoulder/bicep problems on your squat, take a wider grip, but other than that pretty solid for a relatively new lifter.

As dbagg noted, great form can break down when going all out. That is the true test, but overall, you look pretty solid.


Doc D
06-26-2006, 12:05 PM
No major problems (far better than what one usually sees in gyms!), but some suggestions:

1. Slower descent on box squat: I wouldn't want to hit the box as hard as that with more weight. You look quite tall and might consider a lower bar position if powerlifting is in your future.

2. Hips came up a little too fast on deadlifts. Try to drive shoulders up and back as you initiate the pull. No need to look down at the end, and even less to turn head.

3. Bench eccentric was also rather fast. Could easily go lower on torso. If you want to compete, you'll need to practise your arching (with flat feet, depending on fed), but if you are always adopting that kind of foot position and attempted arch, your spine won't thank you in the long run.

07-14-2006, 05:14 PM
on the DL u are trying to rip the weight off the floor so ur legs are initiating the pull. it works great to get the bar off the floor fast... but it puts the bar out in front of u and kills leverage at the knees. U will notice it more with a limit attempt. I have had this same problem and its ground my DL to a screeching hault until i retrained myself.

U have to squeeze the bar off the floor with ur legs, driving head back. then once the bar moves a couple inches, then u begin to accelerate to the top. its much easier to keep the bar raking up ur legs this way which gives u much better leverage. give it a try, hope it helps.