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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Itís no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

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    Does it take a ton of strength to hold the bar in the low bar squat position?

    I've been having a lot of trouble trying to comfortably hold the bar on my back for low bar squats. Right now, I'm out of commission for squatting as ordered by my doctor due to a knee injury. In the meantime, I've been going to the gym and just working on holding the loaded bar on my back in low bar position. High bar, I can hold a lot more weight comfortably, but trying to hold the bar in the low bar position takes a lot out of me just trying to hold it there, let alone trying to squat with it.

    Is this something that takes time to build up strength for, or is it just me? I mean, I can hold 315 on my back fairly comfortably in the high bar position, but to hold 185, low-bar is a workout in itself. Is this all part of the strength that's gained from squatting?

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    Alll you need is a nice tight back to set the weight on. I'm wondering if the bar is too low.
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    I wondered that myself, but anywhere other then resting on my traps seems like it requires a lot of strength to hold it there. I think that maybe it's some sort of flexibility issue or something. Lol, my back is actually sore today just from practicing holding the weighted bar yesterday.

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    it take some practice. I had the same problem, but once I found the sweet spot I never went back to high bar.

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    Ya, I figure that if I start out REALLY low and gradually increase the weight each workout, then I will eventually build up the strength required to hold the bar.

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    Took me a bit as well. If you don't get it right in the groove there, it seems like it really wants to roll down your back more than in the high position. Keep at it though, you'll get it. I believe it puts less torque on your back in the lower position. (equaling more weight i think) correct me if I'm wrong though.
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