Here's where the lifter does his thing, comfortably locating his or her body in relation to the apparatus. Stand close to the bar and grasp the handles near the curve and duck under the bar as is your customary approach. Maneuver yourself -- feet position, body erectness, shoulder and trap placement -- and unrack the bar adequately loaded to achieve a groove but not to set any world records. To begin I find that the handles in a 30-degree downward position are just right for comfort and the functional upward rotation. Testing: one, two, three. Be attentive, be confident.
Once in position, balanced and solid, move the handles up and down to become familiar with their range, sureness and advantage. As you raise the handles to parallel, the bar will follow the Top Squat's rotation and position the bar backward for ultimate squatting efficiency and performance, AKA the powerful and perfect squat. The erectness of the back can be determined by the raising or lowering of the handles, an added attraction I had not foreseen in the inception of the Top Squat, and came to appreciate later.
The action of the squat remains true. It is not altered unless you choose to for lower back safety, maximum thigh power or improved thigh recruitment.
Within a few sets of thoughtful squatting I think you'll agree the Top Squat builds strong legs while protecting the shoulders and back. If your shoulders are troublesome, you'll jump up and down like we do when we have a spectacular workout. If your shoulders are healthy, unimpaired and without pain, you must be young, invincible or new at the sport. Swell. The chances of you damaging your shoulders will be reduced considerably, as supporting the bar in the conventional manner while squatting is a tremendous stress on the vulnerable and overworked shoulder region.
Put squats back in your workouts and start climbing those once-impossible mountains again. Zoom zoom...
The Bomber... DD
"All of my trainees found the Top Squat very easy to use, convenient and comfortable, even while using weights in excess of four hundred pounds. The handles made control of the bar a non-issue. For those with shoulder problems and an inability to externally rotate the arm, the Top Squat is an extremely useful piece of equipment." Dr. Ken Leistner