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Old 06-12-2012, 07:19 AM   #1
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Default Bloody Legs / Low Bar vs High bar

Been on a good cycle for the last 2 months.

I've been flip flopping back in forth from high bar to low bar.

I like high bar cause I know it's going to help me in my olympic lifting...however I can't lift as much compared to my lowbar...is this normal?

Also I'm constantly ripping my shins...haha. I see videos of lifters wearing low cut socks...and wonder how they keep from ripping.

Thanks for the input.
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Old 06-12-2012, 07:40 AM   #2
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I like high bar cause I know it's going to help me in my olympic lifting...however I can't lift as much compared to my lowbar...is this normal?

Also I'm constantly ripping my shins...haha. I see videos of lifters wearing low cut socks...and wonder how they keep from ripping.

Thanks for the input.
Sounds right for the weight difference. I know they have percentages out there on what it should be.

I never really figured out the shin ripping thing myself, some days it was constantly and some days not at all, the not at all days most likely because I was being extra careful not to rip the scabs.
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Old 06-12-2012, 08:16 AM   #3
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I'm making no claim as to the validity of this, but I was watching a video on youtube the other day regarding a lecture given by tommy kono at (i think) the 2005 Arnold and there he said that anytime the weightlifter makes contact with the shin or knee its because he's lifting with his back at a faster rate than his legs. If the athlete lifts both with the legs and back at the same rate, and his start position is forward and correct, the shin/knee contact shouldn't happen. Then he emphasized that not only is the contact incorrect, but the weightlifter should automatically know that he has lost leverage on that lift. It's a two part series about 9 minutes each and I think its worth a view, if not for anything other than hearing a weightlifting champion share his point of view.
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Chad is right - often if you're scraping your shins, it's because you're trying to open your hips too much too soon. The first pull should be the result of extending the knees and keeping the angle of your back fairly constant.

You may also be trying to start too upright and placing your shoulders slightly behind the bar, which will make it drag up your shins.
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Thanks a lot for the input gentlemen.
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