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Your feet shouldn't move during the squat... Also it depends on the person. I have bowed legs so my feet tend to point a fair way outwards, and I have a pretty wide stance so I go ass to grass.
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How wide apart are your feet? What's your hip flexibility like?
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Your feet shouldn't move during the squat... Also it depends on the person. I have bowed legs so my feet tend to point a fair way outwards, and I have a pretty wide stance so I go ass to grass.

Further than 30 degrees do you reckon? My feet only move when I try to squat with my toes pointing further forward, I guess they just want to be outwards. I think its also because I'm concentrating on shoving my knees out, maybe this is dragging my toes outwards also.

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How wide apart are your feet? What's your hip flexibility like?

Feet are approximately shoulder width apart. Hip flexibility isn't great.. come to think of it, none of my flexibility is that great...
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My feet are normally a bit wider than shoulder width, probably have toes pointed about 45 degrees out. Are you squatting below parallel?
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My feet are normally a bit wider than shoulder width, probably have toes pointed about 45 degrees out. Are you squatting below parallel?

Yep, focusing on getting down to below parallel. Will try with my feet a bit wider and see how I go.
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Yep, focusing on getting down to below parallel. Will try with my feet a bit wider and see how I go.

Make sure that you're doing a full range of stretches for your lower body too. Best not to take any shortcuts on this part either. Glutes, hamstrings, calves, quads, hips and ankles. Doing the type of stretching in the link below really helped me get down to and below parallel while keeping my back in the correct position.

http://www.allthingsgym.com/2011/10/...weightlifting/
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What kind of angle do you guys have your toes pointing when doing squats? I've found if I try to keep them relatively straight they twist outwards (penguin-style) towards the bottom of the squat and end up at a pretty wide angle on the way up. I know SS talks about having a 30 degree angle for your toes, but I feel like mine are getting closer to 45 I had a training buddy telling me that I should use the leg press machine to build up some strength before going back to squats. Not really keen on that idea.. but don't want to keep pushing if I'm going to hurt myself.

So what's your stance like?

Hard to know for sure without video, but it sounds like classic adductor tightness/glut inactivation couple. During a regular squat, if your knees roll inwards (internal rotation of the femur), then your tibia rotates outwards which causes the outwards twist at the feet. Do more dynamic stretching of your groin and include goblet squats in your warm-up (the very first picture in the link dbushy posted above). Add in glut activation work like single leg squats and deads. Start using a band around knees when you squat regular and push those muthas OUT. Get a new training buddy who isn't a leg pressing girl. If all that fails, nail your feet to the floor.
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What kind of angle do you guys have your toes pointing when doing squats? I've found if I try to keep them relatively straight they twist outwards (penguin-style) towards the bottom of the squat and end up at a pretty wide angle on the way up. I know SS talks about having a 30 degree angle for your toes, but I feel like mine are getting closer to 45 I had a training buddy telling me that I should use the leg press machine to build up some strength before going back to squats. Not really keen on that idea.. but don't want to keep pushing if I'm going to hurt myself.

So what's your stance like?

have you got better shoes yet? have you been doing mobility work? have you been doing lots of air squats?

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Yep, focusing on getting down to below parallel. Will try with my feet a bit wider and see how I go.

put some weight on the bar next time. pretty hard for your feet to move with 315 on the bar
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http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercise...tt-lift-bridge

Do these to warm up with as well mcdoofus.

My warm up usually consists of http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercise...ont-leg-raises , but I do the sideways variant, then I do some front and side lunges to loosen up the quads/hip and the groin, and then finally some bodyweight goblet squats. Usually gets me pretty warmed up to squat heavy - I haven't done a mischief on my legs since I started that routine. I'm probably going to add in those bridges as well because my gluts were getting a bit sore with heavier weights, working overtime.
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your feet should be angled out. don't worry about trying to point toes forward unless you start doing geared lifting...
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I'v actually lost wight since i started smashing the gym, but all my lifts have increased?

I know the culprit is 7 hour shifts with no break where I can't eat so I'v started bringing in 1L of milk to smash behind the bar instead of redbull/coffee/coke,

really just find it hard to have a consitent eating program with my unplanned life,

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really just find it hard to have a consitent eating program with my unplanned life

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Make sure that you're doing a full range of stretches for your lower body too. Best not to take any shortcuts on this part either. Glutes, hamstrings, calves, quads, hips and ankles. Doing the type of stretching in the link below really helped me get down to and below parallel while keeping my back in the correct position.

http://www.allthingsgym.com/2011/10/...weightlifting/

Thanks for this - I feel like if I am getting below parallel I may be losing the curve in my back at the last moment. Will give these a shot.

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Hard to know for sure without video, but it sounds like classic adductor tightness/glut inactivation couple. During a regular squat, if your knees roll inwards (internal rotation of the femur), then your tibia rotates outwards which causes the outwards twist at the feet. Do more dynamic stretching of your groin and include goblet squats in your warm-up (the very first picture in the link dbushy posted above). Add in glut activation work like single leg squats and deads. Start using a band around knees when you squat regular and push those muthas OUT. Get a new training buddy who isn't a leg pressing girl. If all that fails, nail your feet to the floor.

Ahh yes I remember the goblet squat from SS, didn't know that's what it was called. Should you be aiming to get your knees shoved out that far during an actual squat or is it just designed to stretch and loosen up the muscles?

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have you got better shoes yet? have you been doing mobility work? have you been doing lots of air squats?

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I have been doing those stretches you showed me, plus the odd air squat and goblet squat (though I could certainly do more).

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put some weight on the bar next time. pretty hard for your feet to move with 315 on the bar

Yeah I figure this is part of the problem, but want to get form perfect before throwing 315 on there

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Do these to warm up with as well mcdoofus.

My warm up usually consists of http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercise...ont-leg-raises , but I do the sideways variant, then I do some front and side lunges to loosen up the quads/hip and the groin, and then finally some bodyweight goblet squats. Usually gets me pretty warmed up to squat heavy - I haven't done a mischief on my legs since I started that routine. I'm probably going to add in those bridges as well because my gluts were getting a bit sore with heavier weights, working overtime.

Nice one, cheers, will give these a crack today.

Off to the gym! Will post a form video in a week or so once I get used to the movement a bit more.
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Guys,

Whilst everyone seems to be shredding over the summer months, I have decided that I want to try and bulk up and see if I can get back to my rugby playing weight of 110kgs.

I am going to run a legs/push/pull split and for the first time ever, I am going to try a weight gainer.

I weighed myself this morning and I am currently sitting at 106kgs (I am 6"2').

Will keep you guys posted on how I go....
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Weight gainer = expensive sugar.

Yeah I have heard that.

Timing wise, I needed protein so I thought I will give it a shot. As I said, I have never used such a product.

The breakdown per serve is 52g protein, 170g carbs at 1050 calories.

I am interested to see how my body responds...
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Shouldn't you just start with the 'eat all the foods & GOMAD' theory?

I am already a pretty big eater.

My stomach couldn't handle that much milk...
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Yeah I have heard that.

Timing wise, I needed protein so I thought I will give it a shot. As I said, I have never used such a product.

The breakdown per serve is 52g protein, 170g carbs at 1050 calories.

I am interested to see how my body responds...

Dude you're part islander right? You shouldn't need weight gainer, just stick to the tried and tested KFC and taro combo! Leave the omggetfullsikmassive powders to skinny leb kids
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Dude you're part islander right? You shouldn't need weight gainer, just stick to the tried and tested KFC and taro combo! Leave the omggetfullsikmassive powders to skinny leb kids



Yeah I am...

As mentioned, its more of an experiment for me.
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Just a quick update, I have been on the gainer for exactly 1 week.

The shake itself is easy to drink (cookies & cream, tastes good!), however I have broken it down to 3 shakes of 2 scoops for around 1,500 cals. Have done 2 shakes of 3 scoops but was a little hard on the guts.

Weighed myself today, currently sitting at 108kgs.

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