Why is there always so much confusion and questioning about elbow positioning during the squat? Step 1: Make your upper back as tight as possible. Step 2: Place the bar where you would like. Step 3: Unrack and walkout. Step 4: Pull the bar down and try to bend it over your back. Step 5: Go down. Step 6: Come back up. It's like some people want to get a protractor out and measure the angle their elbows are at.