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The rack position refers to the placement of a barbell across the upper torso and shoulders which allows for greater structural support of the load. Common exercises where this position is used include the front squat, thrusters, push press, and push jerk. The rack position is characterized by the elbows being forward of the bar with the bar resting against the body. If done correctly the hands are free from the burden of gripping the bar, as the body's structure accounts for the majority of the load.

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Petranek Fitness - Front Squats

Note the position of the elbows and how the hands don't have to grip the barbell.

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