For Squats, should I do high-bar or low-bar back squats? What’s the difference?

High-bar back squats require that the bar is resting on top of your upper back, or your traps.  High-bar squats are typically easier to perform, place less pressure on your wrists, and place more emphasis on quad engagement (muscles on the front of your thigh).  

A low-bar back squat requires that the bar is held lower on your back, right below your rear delts, which requires a more wrist flexibility.  The low-bar squat recruits more hamstrings, glute, and hip muscle activation.  You will most likely be able to lift more weight with a low-bar back squat than high-bar.  Either squat variation is acceptable, so choose whichever is most comfortable for you.

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