High Bar vs. Low Bar back squat. You can lift more with a low bar squat but it doesn’t translate into general athletic performance the same way a high bar squat does. If powerlifting is your sport, then the low bar squat is your jam. However, being able to train the high bar squat at some point during a cycle will help with powerlifting numbers in the long run. At our gym we primarily use the high bar squat and depend on deadlifts, RDL’s, & Cleans for posterior chain recruitment. As pointed out in the article below, training with the high bar squat allows for higher loads than a lunge or elevated split squat. These additional benefits directly translate into performance improvements in sprinting and jumping subsequently benefiting overall athletic ability.