You can't train at the S4 Compound without receiving feedback on your lifts. As soon as you step into the gym and are surrounded by coaches, lifters and columnists of the team, your lifts are going to be analyzed and evaluated. For some lifters, this is a problem — they see it as criticism. For serious lifters, this is an opportunity — they see it as coaching. This is how you get better. 

WATCH: How Christian Anto Became a Powerlifter

When Christian Anto visited elitefts a few weeks back, his training crew from NBS Fitness came with him for a heavy squat session. This training day turned into an afternoon of coaching with Dave, focusing on several specifics issues these lifters had.

Dave's Tips

  1. Cue each other every set and every rep. If you don't know what's wrong with your training partner's squat, find someone who can help you figure it out.
  2. Don't move your feet. They need to stay completely in contact with the floor the entire duration of the squat.
  3. Get under the bar. If your feet aren't stable on the unrack (and you don't walk out the weight), it may be because you aren't far enough in the monolift. Try taking your feet forward so they are further under the bar.
  4. Breathe as much air into your stomach as possible before taking the bar out of the monolift. If you need to release air and get another breath after unracking, release the least amount of air possible.
  5. Pull air through your nose first and then finish with more air through your stomach. This will help you get as tight as possible without having to work so hard to push your stomach against the belt.