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Old 01-13-2013, 11:24 AM   #1
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I had been using a very tight grip on squats for the last 6 months. Yesterday I was training at my brother's gym and the rack was a bit more narrow so I gave wide grip squats a try. I felt I could stay more upright.

Is this normal? Why would this be?
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Old 01-13-2013, 11:55 AM   #2
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I had the same experience, so I hope it's normal.
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i actually feel more comfortable squatting that way then i read some were it was wrong so i stopped doing it.
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Old 01-13-2013, 12:12 PM   #4
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The tightness is more a function of your upper back. Rather than focus on the grip, focus on what the grip is supposed to let you do, which is to allow you to keep a tight upper back.

Choose whatever grip allows you to stay tight is what I would say.
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i actually feel more comfortable squatting that way then i read some were it was wrong so i stopped doing it.
You mean with a wide-handed grip?
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I believe torso angle when squatting is a product of bar placement. The lower the bar the more you will lean forward, the higher the bar the more upright u will be.
I have never squatted with a wide grip and do not have any experience of how it may impact my squat.
Having said all that, I can't help but wonder if u may have inadvertently or unintentionally took a different bar placement along with the wider grip.
Just my thoughts.
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You mean with a wide-handed grip?
yeah is this wrong? i read that i had to use a shorter hand grip as to tighting up my upper back to keep more a stable base for the bar is this right or wong or am i completly of subject ?
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I know we were just talking about this a few days ago, but I use a wide grip. VERY wide. I hold on to the collars of the bar. It helps me to get my elbows higher, which helps me hold the bar much lower.
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I know we were just talking about this a few days ago, but I use a wide grip. VERY wide. I hold on to the collars of the bar. It helps me to get my elbows higher, which helps me hold the bar much lower.
Same here. I hold as far out as I can, which lets me better control where the bar sits on my back/shoulders. It may loosen my upper back up a bit, but I prefer control of the bar of back tightness. I give a good squeeze as I can though.

My current gym has power rack, only the little white squat rack thing. So I can't really reach out where I want to, so I'm forced into using a slightly more narrow grip, until I get the bar placed correctly.
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You mean with a wide-handed grip?
yeah
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