High Bar Squat VS Low Bar Squat: Which is better?

Posted: January 22, 2014 in My Take
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This of course is topic of great debate lately within fitness and strength training forums. so how about this…. WHO CARES?!?!?? Most people DON’T do EITHER one. So as fitness enthusiasts…. we should be ECSTATIC when we learn that someone is trying to squat in some way shape or form. Let us just stop with the crap. Most people in the general population do not fit into the Olympic Champion, Powerlifting or Elite Athlete category. Most people do not even fit into the active category. Everything does not have to be perfect. Everything does not need to follow absolutes and specific unchangeable routines. So instead of bashing different training styles, lets be happy when we learn that someone is trying to squat.

Now since that is out of the way. My experience with the Low Bar squat and High bar is as follows. High Bar squat, IMO is just better. Feels better out of the hole. It also requires that the person become more flexible and mobile vs the low bar squat. I have had to foam roll and stretch every day in order to actually get into the high bar squat position. There is less stress on the lower back and it is more quad and direct effort from the legs compared to the low bar squat. That has been my experience. Looking back, I wish I had done the high bar squat first. I Would have been better for it.

There is nothing wrong with using the low bar squat. It all depends on, your preference, what you are training for and to some extent mobility and flexibility. Now if you are just the average joe, like me, just pick the one you like. Try both! As long as you are doing it properly, that is all that matters.

That is all. đŸ™‚


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