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Old 08-17-2011, 05:12 AM   #1
Patrick McCarty
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Default Elbow Position on Low Bar Squat

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?
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Old 08-17-2011, 10:26 AM   #2
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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.
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Old 08-17-2011, 11:26 AM   #3
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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.
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