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The answer with all questions of this manner is "It Depends". Specifically, the factors that influence the decision are: Are you competing in a strength sport? If so: How close to the contest date are you? Is the squat a contested lift (usually only Powerlifting, but occasionally this applies to Strongman as well) Your individual lever lengths and ...


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Just speaking for me personally, I find it pretty impossible to get my hips to go below my knee if I'm not at least shoulders-wide stance. I would go as wide as you need to in order to: Achieve depth. Have your knees out and pointing where your toes are. Be able to truly use your glutes. Be able to keep your weight on your heels. Even on a deadlift, ...


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This is one of those questions where the actual answer boils down to your desire for variation in your exercise routine. While there are many anecdotal reasons to vary your squat stance, there aren’t that many actual studies to recommend variation as a key to squatting success. There was, however, a biomechanical study done in 2001: A three-dimensional ...


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I'd find a new gym. But if this is your only option there's pros and cons to both. Without knowing the length I'm not sure which I'd use. The longer one I would fear would snap in half under tension, but if you're just starting out this might not be a valid concern. I would be cautious putting 300+ lbs on that though... I might be cautious putting 100 lbs ...


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I'd go with the larger one. Looks like it won't be as sore sitting on your shoulders. The small one also looks like it will only take small plates. This will really limit how much weight you can put on. You should ask them can they get olympic barbells in as these are what people normally use.



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