Originally Posted by A Y
CS, some constructive feedback, I hope. You are about an inch or two too high: the crease of your hips should be below the top of your knee. As you noticed, your knees are sliding forward so not all of your muscles are working to get you out of the bottom Think about sitting back more, like sticking your butt out. Your upper body may lean forwards a bit more because of this. Your knees should finish their movement forward by the time you're 1/3-1/2 of the way down, and stay there the rest of the way down. Try it out with an empty bar to get a feeling of it. I can't tell how shoved out your knees are, but it's a usually useful thing to think about. You're also looking forward too much --- keep your spine and skull in straight line, and look down a little bit more. Imagine holding a baseball or orange under your chin. This may help with the previous two issues. edit: looking at the video again, I think you should be thinking about turning your legs out more. One common cause of knees sliding forward at the bottom is the squatter trying to reach good depth, but is impinged by their hips. Turning out your legs more (shoving the knees out) will clear the way and help you get down there. --Andre
Originally Posted by pebblegrain
you need to go lower. there should be a very slight bounce at the bottom, according to rippetoe
Thanks, guys. Just wanted to note that Andre's quote, though I agree with it, does not describe how Rippetoe squats or teaches the squat. People with far bigger squats endorse nearly to a man a head up, legs wide, knees back form. Rippetoe I think recognizes this but claims that the knees forward, legs close squat that he does is more relevant to athletes. (EDIT: just noticed that AY's post recommends head down; still the main difference between a PL squat and Rip's is the knee business) I just want to do what's safe for my knees. I will try an empty bar and see if I can't figure out how to balance myself without my knees moving forward.