Originally Posted by Landscape
Well, of course my statement was a hyperbole to some degree, But olympic squat isn't just squatting high-bar, it's also going deep, keeping your chest up a lot more than powerlifters do, narrower stance and some other details I'm probably forgetting. Of course olympic lifters have injuries as well, serious athletes in any sport will have injuries, but I'd still say it's more beneficial for the average lifter to do an olympic squat than a powerlifting one due to some of the reasons mentioned. When I watch weightlifters squat it's also just such a controlled motion compared to powerlifters. With all that said I just wish I could squat like Tom Platz.
The fact that olympic squats look more controlled by weightlifters than how powerlifters squat is probably not attributable to that it is a high bar squat.
It could also be that their better form comes from how they train their squats in comparison to powerlifters.
- Weightlifters use the squatting motion in almost all their lifts. Powerlifters use it far less, where for some the competition squat is the only squatting motion they do.
- Just about all weightlifters train on a high frequency program where they do some form of squat every time they train, and weightlifters train a lot more and more often than powerlifters. Powerlifters often have one squat session per week of lower volume = less training of technique. Almost no matter what level you're looking at, weightlifters will do more squats.
- This is pure speculation, but the videos I often see of powerlifting squats are max attempts. Weightlifters use back squats as an accessory. Max attempts always look sketchier than relatively light lifts.