Hi T-Nation. I’m learning high bar squat and I hope you guys can answer some of my questions… Also attached two videos, any input/criticism is appreciated.
Do I need to squeeze my should blades like low-bar squat? I’ve heard just let the bar rest on your trap when you high-bar squat, but isn’t tightening your upper back makes you more stable?
I feel stretched (or sore, can’t really describe, it’s uncomfortable but I can finish my squat no mater the rm) on my hip flexor when I squat low, is it normal? Mobility issue? Strength issue?
In second video, I accidentally did an atg at my last rep, because I was tied and lost control of my lower back. I’ve been trying to get a deeper and more upright form, could you tell me what can I do to improve it? maybe your keen eyes can spot my problem.
In the 1st video I was wearing minimal shoes (no heel) and had 5lbs plates under my heel; in the 2nd video I was wearing random crosstraining shoes and had 2.5lbs plates under my heel (felt very unstable).