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    Is this a big deal? (Squat form question)


    I know when one squats, most people take a grip just outside their shoulders. I find it more comfortable to "spread my wings" as I put it, stretching out my arms and gripping just inside the bar's collar. Despite this, I still am pulling my scapula back and forming a good "shelf" and leaning forward has never been an issue for me. The only drawback I have seen is sometimes I pinch the webbing of my thumb when I re-rack if I am not careful. I know this is not "technically perfect" form, but is it at least "permissable"?
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    i grip the bar pretty wide so the bar can sit lower on my back
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    Grip width is not a big issue as long as the traps stay tight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
    Grip width is not a big issue as long as the traps stay tight.
    Thank you sir, kind of what I assumed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by taman6886 View Post
    I know when one squats, most people take a grip just outside their shoulders. I find it more comfortable to "spread my wings" as I put it, stretching out my arms and gripping just inside the bar's collar. Despite this, I still am pulling my scapula back and forming a good "shelf" and leaning forward has never been an issue for me. The only drawback I have seen is sometimes I pinch the webbing of my thumb when I re-rack if I am not careful. I know this is not "technically perfect" form, but is it at least "permissable"?
    This is totally acceptable. You do what you feel is comfortable. Many like to grip it pretty close because it helps them keep a really tight upper back, such as myself. Others, including you, can do it with a wider grip and that's totally fine.
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    I have a similar problem on squat racks. I just open my hands when racking the bar.
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    Thanks for your input all. Much appreciated.
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    I personally like to grip it as narrow as I possibly could as I feel this keeps my traps tighter, but as long as your traps are tight, grip wherever you want. Good video posted the other day by Dave Tate on squat form on a different site. (New on this site so don't know if admins here would appreciate me posting the name of the other site)
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    whatever works for you and keeps you in the groove
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    Everyone has different variations and as long as your staying injury free and developing your legs there really shouldn't be a problem i usually grip a little wider then shoulders width, i haven't actually seen anyone use this technique and just thinking about it seems kinda hard so all the power to you for doing it : P
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    Quote Originally Posted by jumpshot903 View Post
    Everyone has different variations and as long as your staying injury free and developing your legs there really shouldn't be a problem i usually grip a little wider then shoulders width, i haven't actually seen anyone use this technique and just thinking about it seems kinda hard so all the power to you for doing it : P
    It is just more comfortable for me with this variation. Not sure why, just is.
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