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Form Check Low Bar Squat


#1

Hey there, new on here so don’t know if this is the right place to post this. Would love some pointers from you guys, I am a beginner and this is my first time doing lowbar squats, have primarily been doing frontsquats before that. This is only 60 kg/135 pounds which is quite light for me. Any tips are welcome, thank you!


#2

Are you meaning to squat like how Mark Rippetoe teaches it in Starting Strength? I’d have some critique otherwise, but if that’s your goal, I think you’ve met it.


#3

I have used that for form help because it was an available source of information, if you have any other suggestions, please do tell me, I’d just appreciate it.


#4

When I squat, I prefer to have my elbows forward as far as I can get them. This allows me to pull the bar down into my back/flare my lats, and it also keeps the bar from rolling forward when coming out of the hole. Going along with that, I prefer to keep my eyes forward/chin up rather than down, as traditionally the body will follow the head, and a head titled downward can result in a body that falls forward coming out of the hole.

I would also consider bringing the feet in a touch personally. There is nothing wrong with a wide stance, but for a raw lifter (and wearing lifting shoes) one can have an easier time getting lower with a narrower stance and a focus on squatting between the knees rather than over them, and this might allow a slightly more upright torso angle.

But it’s all preference. How you’re squatting isn’t wrong, as long as it’s meeting your goals.


#5

That’s some good points, I’ll experiment a bit, thank you.


#6

@T3hPwnisher
I made some adjustments, what do you guys think? Light weight like before just to practice the technique.
The camera angle is a bit decieveing in regards to barpath but oh well, I’d love to hear your opinions.