So I work now hard on my zerchers, and I have now 2-3 technique questions.
1.) I use for Zercher Squats a pad on the bar, its the same pad you can use for back squats to make it more comfortable. You wrap it around the barbell. Is that okay? [/quote]
For comfort, sure. I’m just not sure if it’s long enough to have an optimal width. Personally I wear a hoodie and put neoprene knee sleaves on my elbows, dos the job.
2.) When the weight gets heavier my arms automatically drop lower and they are not so upright anymore. I almost press the barbell against me (directly under my pecs) Is that okay? [/quote]
It’s not ideal. The main purpose of the Zercher(for me) is to strengthen the upper back. I prefer to only use the weight you can lift with the arms more upright. You will build up the strength over time.
3.) Olympic Shoes and Zercher Lifts should be okay? [/quote]
Yes. It’s like a front squat.
4.) Should I break with my knees or lead with my hips or both at the same time when I squat down? (My stance is a bit wider than my shoulders, more of a wide stance).[/quote]
With a wide stance break at the hips first, pushing the knees out.