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Patrick McCarty
08-17-2011, 05:12 AM
I received some instruction last winter from a coach regarding a low bar squat and elbow position. He instructed me to bring teh elbows up high in the back which would form a "shelf" of muscle which, in general, it does. Others seem to favor keeping the elbows low.

Which is corrected, and what is the reasoning behind whichever is the correct position?

Greg Everett
08-17-2011, 10:26 AM
Lifting the elbows up encourages the upper back to round forward and the chest to drop - this is why it's discouraged by people who discourage it. But those people are the kind of people who also discourage low bar back squats.

Steve Shafley
08-17-2011, 11:26 AM
Bringing the elbows up and back to 'shelf' the back and low bar squatting is almost certainly a sign that you haven't done enough shrugging and power cleans.