low bar back squat

Today we’ve got some low bar back squats programmed. The image below illustrates how three front squats, high bar back squats, and low bar back squats differ from each other in positioning.  Bar placement changes a lifters positioning on the up/down movement. As you can see with the front squat, the torso is kept quite vertical, on the high bar back squat, the torso inclines forward more but is still somewhat vertical to maintain good positioning, while with the low bar back squat, the torso inclines even more steeply which requires an emphasis on different muscles. With the low bar back squat, the placement of the bar results in a larger focus on hip drive. While more vertical squats use more quads and glutes, the low bar back squat requires more posterior chain/hamstring use for hip drive.