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Guys, guys. I did a correct squat. And then I did fifteen more, flush with victory. I'm still slightly above the ideal of parallel/below parallel to the ground, but not by much, and my posture is spot-on. My knees are correct, my feet are correct, my spine is correct, and I didn't fall over or lose form. I held it, and I did it right, for the first time since I started this fitness thing in late October.

I'm not quite able to add the little two-pound stretching bar across my back and still manage the posture--I have to use my hands out front for counterweight--but that's a huge, huge step in the right direction. This puts me a major leap toward being able to squat with a barbell, and eventually with weight. Visible results, they are my favorite. (Among other things, I also upped my incline bench press weight to 50lbs, and let Daniel do that "aggressive motivation while spotting" thing to get me through a whole extra set with the new weight, until I couldn't actually rack it at the top. Pleased, I am it.)

I love the days where I can see myself moving forward, getting stronger, improving my balance and sense of my body and what it can do. Seriously, this stuff is the best.

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Yay! I always have trouble keeping my knees properly in line - they wobble all over the place. I'm glad you're starting out with proper form, and not doing anything to hurt yourself as you increase the weight.
Yeah, I'm very concerned with form--have had enough injuries and physical therapy in my life so far. *g*
That is awesome!
Thank you!
Awesome! My trainer hasn't started me on squats with weight yet--as much as I normally loathe them, I'm kinda looking forward to being able to squat with a bar. It will be a nice accomplishment.

Today's accomplishment is that I can finally straighten my arms in Wheel pose, after months of pain and struggle.
Today's accomplishment is that I can finally straighten my arms in Wheel pose, after months of pain and struggle.

Nice! I admire that.

I do, in many ways, loathe the squat--but not as much as I loathe hyper-extensions.
Apparently my trainer is psychic, because today we started box squats. They weren't fun, but it was very satisfying to load weight onto the bar.
Ooh, cool.
Bravo! Keep up the good work, Brit!
Thank you! I'm going to try. *g*
WHEEEEEEE! Congratulations! Oh man visible progress makes for such great feelings.
*g* Thanks!

Working hard for something, and then having it happen, is just the best thing.
Manhole

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