Barbell Zercher Squat

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Barbell Zercher Squat

Instructions

Preparation

From rack with barbell upper waist high, position forearms under bar and in front of bar with elbows shoulder width apart. Cross wrists and pull bar in close against body. Lift barbell from rack. Step back with wide stance, feet pointing out 20-30°.

Execution

Squat down by bending hips back while allowing knees to bend forward, keeping back straight, hands close to body, and knees pointed same direction as feet. Descend until thighs are near parallel. Extend knees and hips until legs are straight. Return and repeat.

Comments

Turning knuckles up places bar more on Brachioradialis rather than on more sensitive crook of elbow. Keep head facing forward, back straight and feet flat on floor; equal distribution of weight through forefoot and heel. Knees should point same direction as feet throughout movement.. Also see rear side view.
 
Zercher Squat was created by Ed Zercher, a strongman from 1930s. This style of squat removes axial loading and instead, places load in front of body allowing more upright torso position.
 
Louie Simmons commits on the benefits of Zercher Squats:
 
“It teaches you exactly how to squat. It teaches you to push your knees apart. Push your chest up. Push your buttocks out. The whole nine yards.”

The Zercher Squat also has carryover to activities of first responders, laborers, and strongman movements: (1) Atlas Stone Event, (2) Africa Stone Carry, and (3) Yoke Carry.

Classification

 Utility: Basic or Auxiliary
 Mechanics: Compound
 Force: Push

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