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High Bar vs. Low Bar Squats

Bar placement during squatting has a tremendous impact on where the tension is being placed during the lift.  Since you will be doing a lot of squatting, it is imperative that you strengthen and utilize both the high bar and low bar placement.  Traditionally the low bar squat is used for powerlifting whereas high bar squatting is trained in Olympic lifting. 


The high bar placement transfers well to the Olympic movements such as the clean and jerk and snatch.   High bar squatting places a greater emphasis on the quadriceps and core whereas the low bar placement places more tension on the posterior chain (gluteus, spinal erectors and hamstrings).

Tips | October 07, 2014

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