Low bar Vs. High Bar Back Squat..

DEC 31st-
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High Bar vs. Low Bar Back Squat
by Coach Amanda Of Crossfit New Haven

The Back Squat. Such a fundamental and basic movement has a large impact on other lifts – from cleans to snatching. There is no one right technique, however, for our advancement in the sport of CrossFit, the high bar back squat is most useful.

When we receive the bar in a clean….our torso should remain erect.
How about during a snatch? Same upright catch position. Breaking at the hip or a forward bend results in a failed lift.

Being able to maintain a tight midline throughout these Olympic movements will become easier with a heavier back squat. The only way to improve this is to use the same mechanics and body positioning that is required in both catch positions.

When we perform a high bar back squat, the bar is placed between our traps and the top of our shoulder blades. Not only are we retracting our scaps, but we are pulling our lats down, creating a shield around our midline. The elbows will be tucked in and under the bar instead of out and up (as we would use for the low bar back squat). Our lower body mechanics remain the same – feet outside shoulder width and slightly angled out, getting our butt below parallel, weight in the heels, knees out, and making sure our midline is staying intact.

Take a look at the images below to help better understand positioning.

Bar Placement

Warm up
3 minutes of z1 work
3-5 minutes of movement prep
*ankles, hips, t-spine
3-5 minutes of workout prep
– x band walk
– wall angel
– wall facing goblet squat
– double under practice


A1. Back Squat,, rest 60 sec
A2. Pull up variation, 3 – 5 x 5, rest 60 sec
for time:
30 wall balls
15 burpees plate jumps
20 wall balls
10 burpee plate jumps
10 wall balls
5 burpee jumps

A. Back Squat – build to a tough single
55% x3
60% x 2
70-80% x 1
80-90% x 1
PR time..
B1 Strict pull up; 1 x amrap rest 3 minutes
B2. Kipping pull up; 1 x amrap
For time:
50 thrusters @ 115/75
50 burpee box jumps, 24/20”