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Old 07-14-2009, 08:59 PM   #1
Jeff Hendrix
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Default Hamstring tension in HBBS


I've been rather scant since my elbow injury that I posted about a few months ago. They're finally starting to heal and I'm getting back to work slowly with upper-body movements and O-lifts.

At any rate, I'm starting to C&J and snatch more and trying to get a HBBS down. One thing I'm wondering about is whether or not I should try and keep tension in my hamstrings. I know that is the key with the low bar position that is frequently taught for SS and CrossFit, but I haven't noticed any direct comment on it regarding the Oly back squat. Should I aim to let my hamstrings go loose so my knees can travel farther forward, or do I still want to try and keep some good tension on them? Or is there somewhere in between those that I should be?

I've built up a little bit of soreness at the upper lateral aspects of my tibias that comes up when I start coming out of a deep (and relatively heavy) squat and am wondering if this has something to do with it or my body is just being a sissy. I've been letting my hamstrings go as loose as I can to allow myself as much forward travel as possible but am now wondering if that was a mistake.
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Old 07-15-2009, 12:11 AM   #2
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At the bottom when you "bounce" there should be tension.

How far the knees go over the toes depends on what you're emphasizing... knees farther = more quad development... knees further back is more posterior chain.

If you let them go slack that may not bode well for your joints and ligaments.
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Old 07-15-2009, 05:03 AM   #3
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Okay, that's helpful. I was under the impression that the bounce was coming entirely from skin meeting skin. Thanks Steven, I'll work on this.
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