It’s more important to keep you elbows under the bar, and for that, you wrist ARE gonna bend a little bit, just like when you bench.
Wait, what? In the video for the Squat that follows Starting Strength, Ripptoe pushes the elbows behind the wrists, not keeping them under? Though he does have the subjects bending the wrist to accomplish this, like you say, not keeping them straight as the OP suggests.
In the video for the Bench Press however, he has them keeping the wrists as straight as possible.
This is also what my personal trainer had me doing.
You’re saying they’re wrong?
No, I’m saying you’re wrong! Your PT might be stupid but Rippetoe does not suggest to keep your wrist perfectly straight.
Too much bend is wrong like the pic on the left of course, because the bar is not aligned with the forearm. But you can’t keep your wrist perfectly straight or the bar is gonna be in front of your wrist. The pic on the right is as straight as it should ever get.
Now for the squat, a similar bend of the wrist is just fine. Thumbs around or not, your choice. Your preferred hand position and grip, i.e. close or wide, will widely be dictated by your flexibility. It shouldn’t hurt your shoulders at all. Just keep it simple, if your upper back feels tight and your shoulders are okay, then you’ve found a good position for you.
Reading comprehension fail. Not perfectly straight. As straight as possible. For the bench press that is. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQutODgl2J4
On the squat however, you don’t want to actually use your grip to hold the bar up. You keep your elbows back and use your hands to press the bar into your back, which is what is actually carrying the freakin’ bar. Like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qbBsn7IbPU[/quote]
I don’t see where in the first video he says to keep the wrists straight…
In the second video, the girl has her elbows way too high, her arms are parallel to the floor! Are you suggesting this is the way you should squat? Because I’ve never seen anyone squat big like this.