Technical Aspects and Applications of the Low-Bar Back Squat

Richard D. Pham, Steven B. Machek, Kent A. Lorenz

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The low-bar back squat (LBBS) is a barbell squat variation that emphasizes hip musculature through use of forward lean. This characteristic, among others, allows greater loads to be lifted and can facilitate rehabilitation in a compromised knee joint. Correct technique should be instructed to promote proper execution. This article aims to discuss the anatomical and technical differences between the high-bar back squat and LBBS, define LBBS-specific technique, and provide practitioners strategies to select the best version for their lifters.
Original languageAmerican English
JournalStrength and Conditioning Journal
StatePublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Kinesiology

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