High Bar Squat vs Low Bar Squat

I had no idea that there were so many different kinds of squats until I started actually squatting week in and week out. As I started to take my leg training much more seriously(which I hope is ALL of you these days) I’ve started noticing many different people with many different body types, squatting in many different ways. The “High Bar Squat” position places the bar up higher on the back, on the traps. This position increases axial loading but decreases pressure on the erectors which means that you can ultimately load up the bar and squat heavier.

The “Low Bar Squat” position places the bar lower on the back, typically below the traps which forces you into a forward lean position. It seems to me that this position puts more emphasis on the quads and takes emphasis off the glutes and hamstrings as you can’t go ATG in the low bar position.

I prefer the High bar position even though I don’t like to go ATG much these days because of my blessed glute genetics. The high bar position feels good mobility and as I work a physically demanding blue collar job, it takes much more pressure off the lower back for me

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About Anthony Boyd

I go by the alias Anthony Boyd & this blog is my series of theses on philosophy, spirituality, physical expression of strength & human behavior through self-reflective spoken & written word. I’ve been a Union Delegate for 6 years. During this time I have developed countless leadership skills that I’ll be sharing with you all on this blog. Leadership is something I’ve develop through hours of research, strength training & personal application of growth strategies. I started this blog with the intention of disseminating the leadership & developments skills I’ve attained over the past 6 years as a leader because there is a huge need for male leadership. It has developed into a conduit for sharing these ideas in hopes that others can gain insight from them as well. Two things have always been constant in my three decades of life on Earth, my ability to express myself through the word & my unquenchable curiosity of everything around me. Combine that with my obsession with strength training, personal development & we have this blog. It is my hope that I can provide endless value, insight and perspective gained through experience as a leader to the readership I have developed here.

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