The squat is one of the most basic human movements, and calls upon some of the largest muscles in the body. If you want to be as strong as possible, you want to work as many of these large muscles as possible. Enter the low-bar squat.

When most folks squat at the gym, they likely use the high-bar squat, in which the bar is placed high on the trapezius and an upright torso is maintained throughout the lift. There’s a place for the high-bar squat in strength training routines, but if you want to work more muscles in the posterior chain as well as lift more weight, the low-bar squat can’t be beat.

Make sure to read our article on troubleshooting the low-bar squat. And check out these previous installments in the Know Your Lifts series:

High-Bar Back SquatDeadliftClean and Power CleanPower Jerk and Split JerkOverhead Press

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