I may have made a mistake.
And I sincerely apologize.
In this article here that I wrote…I said the low-bar-back-squats are pointless for weightlifting and should only be used as a SBD exercise. I still don’t believe there’s much carryover at all to weightlifting and a lot of guys have agreed with that.
Then I sat down and analyzed some things even more.
I noticed that some powerlifters that move from powerlifting to weightlifting, may not be back squatting as much with the weightlifting style than they did with the LBBS style. But if they’re already LBBS 650LBS…they actually have a much easier time moving heavy weight faster, in the HBBS.
I think that if you squat really wide stance or really narrow stance or anything like that, 800LBS is still ..800LBS!! I’m actually quite certain that if he moved to weightlifting and did HBBS, he’d hit a 600LBS or 262KG squat in a matter of weeks. Why? Because his brains are already wired to move a much heavier weight. So for a HBBS, certain muscles that he uses for a powerlifting squat, will not be available. He will however, still hit a lot more weight than those who exclusively HBBS.
There’s so many things that so many coaches have taught me through the years. This one slipped out of my head, but I remember a coach saying, being bullshit crazy strong, is still BULLSHIT CRAZY STRONG.
This was in weightlifting and he said that, his athletes may not squat till full depth. They do this funny squat off the rack, with the hips higher than knee where the lifter’s extremely strong in that position. But they’re still handling a lot lot more weight (I think in excess of 300KG) in a half squat off the rack than the guy that’s doing a full squat with …..200KG.
He said, it’s a shortcut method by using partial reps to train the body to feel what a heavier weight feels like first. Then he’ll raise his athletes by putting 10KG plates every week on their feet when they do that exercise and eventually the athlete will raise his squats. Sometimes if the athlete can’t raise the feet, he’ll just get them to do more reps and sets. Or he’ll just add more weight. Or he’ll reduce the weight and raise the feet. Sometimes he’ll shift the plates sideways so the athlete has to learn to tackle his own imbalances.
He recommended that I do that, but I somehow overlooked that method.
And then I remembered my own experiences too. When I started weightlifting, I already had a 145KG back squat, LOW bar. I did what I’d regard as somewhat powerlifting for a while. I stumbled like an idiot for a few days with the HBBS but the moment it started going, it went alright.
So yeah, I guess I may have been wrong. Strength is strength, regardless low bar or high bar. Everybody says high bar transfer to low bar. True……but what if your weakness is hamstring power? And you’ve done your quota of pulls and hamstring shit for the week. How did I as a weightlifter, forget that strength is strength regardless?
I remember….It’s called reading forums and being influenced. Sheesh I gotta spend less time reading these rubbish forums.
This ain’t too bad of a squat is it?
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