Barbell Training Basics: Good Form

Barbell training is a great way to improve your athletic performance, but it's more complex than it looks. People new to weightlifting may jump straight into it without considering the details, which can lead to an ineffective workout. Having the correct form is essential to barbell training, including your stance, grip, and position.

Step 1. Stance

The best starting stance when lifting a barbell should be feet about hip to shoulder width apart. I like to start slightly narrow and adjust out with the feet as needed. This will help us see mobility compensations and how we can adjust and improve our starting position later. This can ring true for much taller and much shorter athletes as adjustments will be needed for comfortability.

Step 2. Grip