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8/5/2014 8:20:38 AM - Kyle

Was hoping you could take a look at my yoke form. My technique all goes to shit when the weight gets heavy, any idea what I need to work on aside from getting stronger?

Hey Kyle -

The answer sometimes really is, just get stronger. But honestly you move pretty well with that weight. I'm wondering if your drops aren't due to breathing incorrectly. When you're carrying the yoke you want to take in a deep breath and hold it as long as possible. Then once you must breath you need to seep out some air, not all your air, and then quickly breath back in. All while staying tight. This takes some practice and is definitely something you can do with lighter loads as well. This was a big issue of mine for a while.

Another thing you may consider is trying a few different grips. I prefer more of a squat hold with my hands on the crossbar. Then I'll squeeze me elbows in and torque them under the bar. This keeps my upper back locked in tight and feels much more stable for myself.

Also - train your abs and low back hard. These can never be too strong.

One last thing - make sure you don't go too heavy too often on yoke. Most of your runs you should not be dropping the weight. You don't build a bigger squat by missing squats on a regular basis. Some goes with building your yoke. If it's a weight that causes multiple drops you need to train lighter.

Hope that helps!

Get Yoked,
Chase Karnes

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