High Bar Back Squat Exercise

The high bar back squat exercise has always been a challenge for myself due to tightness around the shoulders which makes it difficult to get comfortable with a close grip and tight elbow position.   Other than that being a slight issue, I enjoy the high bar back squat because it requires one to maintain a more upright trunk position and also moves the load bias towards knees and hips rather than a low bar back squat which tends to have a more forward leaning trunk position with hip dominance contribution.

One thing that I want to highlight when it comes to barbell back squatting, I am very much a believer that we should incorporate all variations within our training because each has their unique benefits.  Depending on your goals and needs with regards to training focus, one can also opt to select a squat pattern that suits their needs at that time to address any deficits or alter ones squat to work around particular issues.

This article was written by osteopath Heath Williams of Principle Four Osteopathy.  Principle Four Osteopathy is one of Melbourne City CBD leading osteopathy clinics. We are located on Level 4 of 178 Collins St (within Pleasance House) alongside Optimal Health Exercise Physiology.  We have a fully equipped strength and conditioning exercise rehab space with osteopathic consult rooms.  Our team of osteopaths have an interest in manual therapy, strength and conditioning, exercise rehabilitation and ergonomics.  Read more about our team here.  Book an appointment online here or call us on 0396709290 to arrange an appointment.

Screenshot 3 High Bar Back Squat Exercise

Getting to Principle Four Osteopathy – 4/178 Collins St Melbourne CBD

Trams – Trams run straight out the front of us, with the closest stop at Swantston st and Collins St.  

Trains – We are a short 5 minute walk from Flinders St Station, Parliament and Melbourne Central train station.

Parking – off street parking is available on Little Collins St, Russell St and in the many parking businesses (Wilsons parking) nearby.