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Photo: belyaev.photo (Shutterstock) There’s a right and a wrong direction to face when you’re squatting. I know, I know—I’m famously tolerant of all different types and styles of lifting. I’ve told you that it’s okay to squat ass-to-grass or to even stay above parallel in some cases . But when it comes to using a squat rack, there is a forwards and a backwards, and it’s time you learned which is which. So here’s the big secret: you face toward the hooks of the squat rack when you’re squatting . Here’s the step-by-step: You approach the squat rack from the side that the barbell is on. You put your hands on the barbell, duck your head underneath, and stand up with the bar on your shoulders. You take a few steps backwards . You do your squats. Then you walk forwards until your barbell contacts the uprights of the squat rack, and slide it downwards onto the hooks. The weight now back on the rack, you extract your head and shoulders and back away from the squat rack, only to repeat the process in another three to five minutes when you’re rested. Why the direction of your squat rack matters Why does it matter? Well, think about how you’re going to safely re-rack the bar when you’re exhausted after a set of heavy squats. If you followed my instructions, the rack is right in front of you. You can see where it is, where the hooks are, and put […]