🚨 ELBOWS & HIGH BAR SQUATS👇
🔥 Do you ever think about your elbows when you’re squatting? How to place them? What’s their role? How could they “damage” your squats?
✅✅✅ Keeping your elbows neutral (down) is the best/safest way to squat: this because when you keep your elbows down, the bar’s load is evenly distributed perpendicularly on your body, down to your mid feet, placing most of the stress on your quads & decreasing the stress on your back.
❌❌❌ Instead, flaring your elbows backwards will push the load forward aswell in an anti-clockwise motion, possibly increasing the stress on your lower back, shich can cause you to “fall forward”.
Always keep an eye on your elbows and make sure you keep them down & neutral, not back. Sure, lots of people are very flexible and can keep the load evenly distributed even with their elbows backwards, but, that doesn’t apply to most of us!
Before you freak out – like in everything else – there’s obviously going to be some leeway: Neutrality is a range and not a precise number. Even if elbows flare out a little on the way down, you’ll still be within the neutral range. What matters is that you don’t flare them out excessively!