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    Ever hit the pins on the way up while squatting?

    OK, this will probably get flamed as a dumb post but here goes anyways.

    I just got a new power rack and the pins are those ones that stick out about 5" with the big round knob at the end to prevent the bar from rolling off. So they are different from a J hook.

    As a noobie every once in a while I slightly lean forward on a squat. When doing box squats the other day I did my lean forward thing and hit the pin on the way up. It wasn't a big deal because my box squats are so low I was able to recover. But if I'm working on a max 3x5 and hit the pins I doubt I'd be able to recover. Just curious if anyone has hit such a pin on the way up and had to bail?

    FWIW, I look at is as a good thing because it makes me force myself to get my butt back so I don't lean forward because I'm worried about hitting the pin. But, a little bit of me keeps thinking god I hope I don't hit that ****ing pin.....

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    You can walk out further. You're right though. You hit it because you're leaning forward. Hit more ab and lower back work.
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    Try setting up further back inside the rack.
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    OK, thanks. I'll step back a bit more. Still getting used to squatting in a full rack while still adhering to Rippetoe's "don't walk it back too much" mantra.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teeroy View Post
    OK, thanks. I'll step back a bit more. Still getting used to squatting in a full rack while still adhering to Rippetoe's "don't walk it back too much" mantra.
    Walk it back as much as you need to. No point in walking back 1 step, and having to worry about hitting the pins. Take the extra step so you have nothing to worry about.
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