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Old 01-23-2012, 07:22 PM   #13636
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I saw kipping dips today. With chains...
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Old 01-23-2012, 08:44 PM   #13637
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how the **** do you kip on a dip?
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Old 01-23-2012, 08:54 PM   #13638
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I think i got (poorly) trolled at the gym today. A friend of mine comes to the gym for like a month at a time, then takes 3 months off, repeat. Always bro workouts. He's been coming for a few weeks now and every time I do squats he laughs and asks me why i'm doing squats again. I always ask him when he's gonna try a leg workout.

Today he comes in and takes the squat rack next to me when i'm doing some light dynamic squats. Like 60% of 1RM. He comes in, doesn't say a word to me, and loads up the same weight + 2.5lbs and struggles with a few sets of quarter squats.

good skwatz brah
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Old 01-23-2012, 08:59 PM   #13639
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how the **** do you kip on a dip?
lol he was like reversing what you'd do with a pull up, kicking backwards, it was weird...
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Old 01-23-2012, 10:02 PM   #13640
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GGO: saw a girl, ~5'5" 135 all butt and thighs, squat 180x5. very close to blowing my load all over the stretch mat. wonder what it's like being on the bottom vs. that...
Saw a 5'3" 100 lbs., PETITE, TIGHT-BODIED, ANGEL-FACED, brunette doing 95 on the squat with some circuit dumbbell stuff last Saturday. I think that was the first time ever - EVER - in the gym that I just staaaared to the point of being creepy.

And JUST when I was about to make a move....

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Old 01-23-2012, 10:06 PM   #13641
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My globo gym has 2 squat racks and 1 power cage. Today was abnormally busy and the whole gym crowded, all three of these stations were occupied, and at all three guys were deadlifting. Considering I go to the gym 12+ times in a month and I'd say on average I'm lucky to see someone deadlifting maybe once a month at best, seeing 3 people deadlifting at once was like spotting bigfoot riding a unicorn. I'm not quite sure I actually saw it and nobody will believe me even if I did.
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Old 01-23-2012, 10:17 PM   #13642
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lol bigfoot riding a unicorn nice.
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Old 01-23-2012, 10:33 PM   #13643
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My globo gym has 2 squat racks and 1 power cage. Today was abnormally busy and the whole gym crowded, all three of these stations were occupied, and at all three guys were deadlifting. Considering I go to the gym 12+ times in a month and I'd say on average I'm lucky to see someone deadlifting maybe once a month at best, seeing 3 people deadlifting at once was like spotting bigfoot riding a unicorn. I'm not quite sure I actually saw it and nobody will believe me even if I did.
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Old 01-23-2012, 10:58 PM   #13644
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oh yeah, I was just quoting for accuracy. (this includes the arnold comment)
The back tends to follow the head. If one looks down, the upper back tends to follow by rounding. So, many people are taught to squat while looking up.

I personally think anyone new to squatting should start off looking straight ahead. That will keep the upper back in alignment without having to think too much about it. Then, once having a bunch of squats under one's belt, one ought to consider looking down -- while ensuring proper upper back positioning.

In other words, when you look down you have to think about keeping your upper back where it belongs. That's tricky for a beginner IMO because, if you're thinking about all the aspects of the squat movement at once, it is hard to add one more thing in.

Anyway, it's awesome you're hitting these. They are a great exercise. You'll learn a lot as you do them. Since no one there can instruct you properly, you may want to video them once in a while to review your form.

Good luck!
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Old 01-23-2012, 11:01 PM   #13645
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I saw kipping dips today. With chains...
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Old 01-23-2012, 11:08 PM   #13646
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saw some skinny bro doing 10lb tricep kickbacks while his girl stared at the monsters on the platforms. thats why you don't bring ur girl to the gym breh.
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Old 01-23-2012, 11:51 PM   #13647
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I signed up for a new gym a couple of weeks ago. I recently started doing the Starting Strength exercises, so I've been really careful about getting the correct form and everything.

I was doing squats (on my final work set) and asked this big guy next to me to help spot me. I had been pretty circumspect with my form all session (actually had SS open to the page that had the basic squat warnings). so I start my final set with this guy spotting, eyes focused on a spot on the floor 6 feet ahead of me. after my first rep he's like "man! look at the ceiling. eyes up, head up, high as it can go. stick your butt out. all the weight on your back heels!" anyways, I finish set doing it his way thinking I'll be sure not to ask him to spot again.

they gave us a free personal training session when I signed up, so I went to the gym manager after my workout (he's a bit of a broish shmoozer), and I go "so I understand there's a variety of different trainers I could sign up with. I don't care who it is, i just want someone that knows how to do the excercises properly. I want to do it how they do in this book". and he goes "I've got just the guy for you. this guy would make arnold in his prime shiver", so rolling my eyes I follow him into personal trainer office and lo-and behold it's the guy who had been graciously telling me how to do squats incorrectly.

I managed to avoid signing up, but now when I go lift, I'm going to have to do my squats 'all wrong' in front of the head trainer (and by 'wrong', I obv mean I'll be doing them the SS way)
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The back tends to follow the head. If one looks down, the upper back tends to follow by rounding. So, many people are taught to squat while looking up.

I personally think anyone new to squatting should start off looking straight ahead. That will keep the upper back in alignment without having to think too much about it. Then, once having a bunch of squats under one's belt, one ought to consider looking down -- while ensuring proper upper back positioning.

In other words, when you look down you have to think about keeping your upper back where it belongs. That's tricky for a beginner IMO because, if you're thinking about all the aspects of the squat movement at once, it is hard to add one more thing in.

Anyway, it's awesome you're hitting these. They are a great exercise. You'll learn a lot as you do them. Since no one there can instruct you properly, you may want to video them once in a while to review your form.

Good luck!
All this^, especially the bolded.

Lots of great squatters look up when they squat. The thing anyone should be aware of is not to hyper extend the neck when doing that.
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Old 01-23-2012, 11:58 PM   #13648
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Would looking up help with keeping the weight back and on the heels?
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Old 01-24-2012, 12:08 AM   #13649
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It helps keep the chest up for me to look up slightly. But then again I do HBBS so what do I know...
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Old 01-24-2012, 01:46 AM   #13650
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how the **** do you kip on a dip?
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