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ct67_72
03-02-2009, 07:37 PM
i mixed in front squats on my squat day, well one anyway. felt great. did it on the smith though. want to try free on the rack. I have to do it cross armed.
any tips on doing them? Ill be squatting wednesday

Live
03-02-2009, 08:21 PM
On a smith machine....tisk tisk. Be sure to burn that machine next time you hit the gym.

Front squats are great, Its pretty difficult to do them incorrectly as if you lean too far forward the weight drops.

I find that the typical bodybuilder grip of crossed arms, once the weight gets heavy chokes me and makes me almost puke.

Using a clean grip once you stretch out a little bit is a lot more comfortable for me.

ct67_72
03-02-2009, 08:38 PM
I know I know. first time doing them, diddnt want to kill myself. I can only do the cross grip, I dont have a lot of wrist flexibility and cant get back to my shoulders, (or even close). guess ill just give it a shot and start light.
I never felt my quads like I did after doing them so i would like to keep doing them

ct67_72
03-04-2009, 05:23 PM
tried it out today, started light and set the bars so I diddnt kill myself if I lost my balance. much easier than i expected. only did 155 but it felt good. I like them a lot so far

Tom Mutaffis
03-05-2009, 08:57 AM
If you are not flexible enough to use the clean grip then I would recommend you take your straps, loop them under the bar, and then grip them in your hands to help hold the bar in place.

Here is a video of what I am talking about: www.jackalsgym.com

ct67_72
03-05-2009, 09:00 AM
I saw that. thinking about trying it, I wold have to buy straps though.

Tom Mutaffis
03-05-2009, 09:01 AM
You could use some small towels if you wanted to, would work the same...

ct67_72
03-05-2009, 09:08 AM
maybe Ill try the towels. is there an advantage to using that grip?

-JM-
03-05-2009, 09:11 AM
Keep trying the clean grip when you can. It may mean sacrificing weight to begin with but it will be worth it.

Even try unhooking your pinkies and you will find that it doesnt even take that much to keep the bar racked on your delts. It will be sore at first but as your flexibility increases it will ease off.

GL man!

Ben Moore
03-05-2009, 09:57 AM
Keep trying the clean grip when you can. It may mean sacrificing weight to begin with but it will be worth it.

Even try unhooking your pinkies and you will find that it doesnt even take that much to keep the bar racked on your delts. It will be sore at first but as your flexibility increases it will ease off.

GL man!

^^^This. You should only need 2-3 fingers to keep the bar on your shoulders. I'm damn near 300lbs and I can clean grip a front squat. It can be done.

=Travis=
03-05-2009, 10:04 AM
I'm 320 and can rack the bar properly. Watch this (this is not me):
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ct67_72
03-05-2009, 10:32 AM
Ill try it out. its not my size, its just that I have terrible wrist flexability. it seems like I should be able to do it with at least 4 fingers. Ill give it a shot next squat day. so what is the actual advantage of this though?
Thanks Guys

Ben Moore
03-05-2009, 10:38 AM
It puts the weight over the center of your body rather than in front and allows you to lift more weight in a more efficient manner

ct67_72
03-05-2009, 10:47 AM
ah, makes sense. Thanks. Im gonna work on it.

=Travis=
03-05-2009, 11:09 AM
It'll take time to get used to but just keep practicing and you'll get it

ct67_72
03-05-2009, 11:15 AM
i really like the front squat. and it feels gread. quads havenever felt like this so Im sticking to them. Ill get the grip straightened out.
what are you guys that front squad doing for weight compared to your back squat?