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Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by sprinter, May 19, 2010.

  1. Cary Grant

    Cary Grant Senior member

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    I just switched from high-bar squats to low-bar squats. One thing that I noticed right away was how much lighter the weight felt, but my shoulders felt like they were going to tear out of my sockets and my wrists were hurting from being bent back too far, which ended in my form suffering in other areas (back rounding, knees buckling). I'm thinking it might just be a flexibility issue at the moment.

    Anyone care to help me trouble shoot?


    They do take some getting used too- I have a right rear delt issue and low bar squats aggrevate it a bit- but my back feels much better and I move significantly more wait- also helps keep my knees back.

    You may need to back off the weight and work on form for a while to let you get used to the motion and work on the flexibility.
    Helps to have enough muscle back there too...

    Are you using the bar alone or with a pad? The pad really doesn't work for me doing low bar...
     


  2. Johnny_5

    Johnny_5 Senior member

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    Using just the bar. The bar itself feels like it sits on the "shelf" below my traps and isnt going anywhere.
     


  3. Cool The Kid

    Cool The Kid Senior member

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    I do high bar, just don't have the shoulder flexibility for low bar

    Isn't low bar cheating in a way? Since the weight is closer to the nearest pivot pt (the hips) you can stabilize more with less effort I imagine, and the weight travels a smaller vertical distance which is easier on your legs

    W/e works best I guess.
     


  4. Cary Grant

    Cary Grant Senior member

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    Cheating? No- just different.
     


  5. CunningSmeagol

    CunningSmeagol Senior member

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    I've been working on squat form lately, which included moving to low bar, sitting back more and going deeper. It does take some getting used to. Anyway here's what it looks like today:

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    There's another video on my channel from a few months ago showing what my squat used to be:

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    I expect never to be fully happy with it.
     


  6. Cary Grant

    Cary Grant Senior member

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    Nice depth-

    Do you have hip flexibility issues? Looks like, and it's a small point, you could be activating the hips earlier/more fully when you initiate the lift.
     


  7. Cool The Kid

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    Both look good
     


  8. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    I do dumbell squats. I don't have the rack thingy to use a barbell. I guess that makes me a pussy?
     


  9. Kas

    Kas Senior member

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    I do dumbell squats. I don't have the rack thingy to use a barbell. I guess that makes me a pussy?

    DB goblet squats I assume?
    It's just that you can't move as much weight, but you can increase the number of reps. Squat racks are pretty cheap by the way, it's the good barbell that will set you back.
     


  10. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    DB goblet squats I assume? It's just that you can't move as much weight, but you can increase the number of reps. Squat racks are pretty cheap by the way, it's the good barbell that will set you back.

    I don't even know what that is.

    I only started with free weights recently. Total noob. I do have a barbell that I use for deadlifts and rows.
     


  11. the shah

    the shah Persian Bro #2 and enabler-in-chief

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    I don't even know what that is.

    I only started with free weights recently. Total noob. I do have a barbell that I use for deadlifts and rows.


    good man. this is something you won't regret and i wish you best of luck in keeping with it.
     


  12. fuji

    fuji Senior member

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    I don't even know what that is.

    I only started with free weights recently. Total noob. I do have a barbell that I use for deadlifts and rows.


    If you have a barbell you can just powerclean it and do front squats.
     


  13. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    If you have a barbell you can just powerclean it and do front squats.

    I don't want to hurt myself.
     


  14. Connemara

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    I don't want to hurt myself.

    Thought of you lifting weights makes me lol.
     


  15. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    Thought of you lifting weights makes me lol.

    Me too. It's a good thing though.
     


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