A question about leaning forward:
I'm shooting to enter my first powerlifting contest next year.
Currently, I weigh a soft and pudgy 165 pounds. I plan to eventually cut down to compete in the 148 class.
Bench Press: 275
Now, my question is about bar placement and leaning forward in competitions. Usually, I squat in a high bar position and keep my torso as vertical as I can. However, when I test my max, I place the bar on my lower traps/rear delts, and also end up leaning forward. If I use a low-bar position and allow myself to lean forward, I can add quite a bit to my max.
Is it ok to lean forward and use a low bar position in a competition? All the big squatter I see max out tend to do this; I'm just wondering if this is "legal" in a meet. Sometime later I'll post vids to give you an idea.
FYI, I always keep my torso vertical and go ATG when I train, except on those rare days I test my max.
For example, compare these two vids.
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