Ben’s Quick Tips #12: On the Low Bar/High Bar Discussion.

March 4, 2015

I’d like to preface this first with a resounding I don’t care.  I’m not going to add anything to the discussion that you have not heard before.

My people use the high bar squat because they have to train like me. They don’t have the option.  And I’ve been using the high bar squat for 10 years.  I’ve employed different kinds of squats for both myself and the team.  Usually when someone starts suffering from a bad case of patellar tendonitis, I’ll have them substitute for box squats until their symptoms get better.  I also know a few more things about the mechanics of one vs. the other and blah blah blah.  But like I said before, I’m not going to add anything to the discussion that has already polluted the internet for too long.

The ONLY part of the discussion that I actually care about is that I want people to know and understand that there is a difference between the two.  Different lift.  Different training effect.  Different uses.  Different contraindications.  

Understand the difference and use which one is most appropriate to your sport and/or life.  I’m actually glad that people made a big ol’ deal about this one because it means that a significant number of people now understand that there actually is a difference.  That’s a big step forward from 10 years ago BELIEVE ME. Actual strength training was a cold and lonely place; A place for neckbeards who were too good to train for aesthetics or in some cases actual health.

I will say that you don’t get style points for using one over the other.  If I was a functional fitness type, I’d get comfortable with both.  I’ve actually attended a contest where a max back squat was a contested event.  In this situation, the low bar would in most cases be more appropriate though practicing the high bar might translate to other things you have to do on a regular basis.

2 Responses to “Ben’s Quick Tips #12: On the Low Bar/High Bar Discussion.”

  1. gideon said

    is the high / low bar like the fitness equivalent of the ‘dress’ LOLOL

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