Squat: bar position...

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  1. Layman

    Layman New Member

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    When doing back squats, I place the bar on the backside of my traps and across my shoulders, supported by my arms (obviously).

    Is this the proper location? I've seen some who appear to have it lower or higher.

    The thing is, after a heavy set, my neck gets a little swollen where the bar is resting in between my traps. I just want to make sure this is normal or, if not, how do I fix it?
     
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    i have like a ridge in my back where it rests perfectly :dunno:
     
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    lower bar position ftw though
     
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    Devil I have become my terror. OT Supporter

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    i keep it higher on my traps/delts when doing full squats, an inch or so lower if i'm doing power squats
     
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    yeah, my back can get pretty fucked from squating...
     
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    allen i see you viewing this thread. i pmed you, please get on aim if you could.
     
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    Depends, I used to have it set below my traps. Changed it up to sit on my traps now.
     
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    forum95 Come see bout us OT Supporter

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    Lower doesn't = better necessarily, but the further back the better ftw
     
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    if you're squatting to hit your quads then use a manta ray
     
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    I use one of those, they're great but i've become so dependant on it.
     
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    What I mean is, I can't squat without a manta ray now. Even a warmup set with just 2 plates kills my neck/traps unless I have a manta ray :hs:.

    It is good though, because I can focus on what i'm doing and not focusing on where the bar is or anything.
     
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    yeah that's called poor setup
     
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    bar position helped my squat more than anything

    my numbers sucked ass until i got the bar nice and low on my back
     
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    i put the bar pretty low on my back... and stretch my arms out and loop them over the bar so my hands are touching the plates

    i know this is probably awful, but it helps me to keep the weight back and not tip/lean forward on the way up
     
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    I have this sweet spot the bar rests on that if its just a quater inch off it wouldn't be comfortable.
     
  18. blam

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    In Starting Strength for general purposes they reccomend a lower bar position because it reduces the lever arm of the load w/r to the spine thus lowering the chance of injury.

    If you have any back problems it could be something to consider.
     
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