Heya, just wanted to ask a couple of questions/see if I could get a problem addressed.
I am just starting "starting strength" program, a couple of weeks in.
I have watched a lot of videos on form and there is a lot of minor contradictions, most people seems to disagree with Rippetoe who says to keep your head at a downward angle while squatting (the tennis ball under chin method), like this guy says for example:
(so you think you can squat)
Rippetoe says it helps with hip drive, others seem to think its bad. Thoughts?
What about lower back? I don't remember any mentioning of what to do with lower back from Rippetoe, besides some incomprehensible stuff on overextension. What to do with lower back?
My squat seems to be stalling fairly fast. I noticed last time the weight moved slightly forward coming up, and I did a slight amount of the "cat box" movement trying to get the weight up on a rep. I have a hard time "pushing" the bar down further on my back to a low-bar position, I think my shoulders are inflexible, so I have been mostly doing high-bar-- but I feel like the center of mass of the squat is moving forward and throwing me off.
I feel my knees coming inwards slightly on tough reps, and sometimes I get an odd twitching in my left ankle which throws me off.
All of that said, I have had a few knowledgeable people sweat my squats and say I had surprisngly good form for a beginner, I was doing lighter weights at that time, so I think my form is good for easy weights and I start to break form when the weight goes up. This seems standard, but I obviously want to fix it.
lower back, whatitdo
how to fix weight moving forward, knees buckling inwards?