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Adam Fazal
01-13-2014, 06:36 PM
In the book it is mentioned that some people are able to achieve the correct starting position with the bar closer to the shin than the balls of the feet. I suspect I may be proportioned this way. I videoed pulls with both set ups and to my eyes there does not seem to be much difference, am I correct? Also feel free to point out any errors besides the bar start position as well.

Over mid foot.
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Over toes.
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The camera stopped recording at the end of the pull but it should be enough to get a decent comparison.

Blake Barnes
01-14-2014, 09:23 AM
That is going to be more of a comfort thing. Whichever one feels better for you is going to be the best choice.

If i had to pick which one looked better I would say the first video but it has to be your decision.

Greg Everett
01-14-2014, 10:10 AM
If you can get it over mid-foot, that's usually easier. But remember, it's balls of the foot, not toes as your second video is labeled.

Adam Fazal
01-16-2014, 08:47 PM
That is going to be more of a comfort thing. Whichever one feels better for you is going to be the best choice.

If i had to pick which one looked better I would say the first video but it has to be your decision.

If you can get it over mid-foot, that's usually easier. But remember, it's balls of the foot, not toes as your second video is labeled.

Thanks guys. Sorry for the delay in response, my laptop charger broke. I have gotten comfortable with the bar over the balls of the feet, but I think midfoot feels a bit better. And certainly if it will add a few kilos to my lifts then I am all for it.

I also know that the bar goes over the balls of the foot but I just didn't want to be redundant in my speech, but writing it that way made it unclear.

Since I have your attention, am I making any other errors?

Blake Barnes
01-19-2014, 08:02 PM
Nothing major as far as I can tell. The camera is a little too close to really see everything.

It says the bar is lined up over the ball of the foot when approaching it and getting in your starting position, but your weight is distributed over the middle of the foot. When you're in your starting position you have to bend your knees and drop your hips. This slightly pushes your shins forward so if you start with the bar in the shins, it's going to end up being over the ball of the foot when you get into position to initiate the movement. So the position of the bar and the weight distribution at this point are unrelated.

Does that clear things up?