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jed
03-05-2006, 04:25 PM
Does anyone else other than me front squat here? It might have another name but its when you squat but with the bar in front of you, some hold it with their hands crossed and some hold it like when your finishing a power clean. Just curious, dont see many others talk about it.

JAROD
03-05-2006, 04:59 PM
yeap i sure do.. not so much right now but early in the weightlifting season i did.

jed
03-05-2006, 05:19 PM
good to hear im not the only one :p i guess it helps with balance and strength i hear.

Bohizzle
03-05-2006, 05:22 PM
yup, i was having problems with my backsquat for a little while and not progressing at all, so i switched to front squats for a little while and now i'm back to backs and still do front squats occasionally. They're awesome!

Andrew

dw06wu
03-05-2006, 05:36 PM
I just started doing them. I find them a lot more difficult than back squats, and I think it's a great change in routine for me.

khari
03-05-2006, 05:50 PM
I do them 1-2x a week. They're one of the few lifts that are absolutely essential for weightlifting.

Stumprrp
03-05-2006, 06:59 PM
im working on them, its hard for me right now, flexibility is t3h suck

Jinkies
03-05-2006, 07:56 PM
are they really that important? ive done em maybe once or twice in my life for 3x10 of 135

D Breyer
03-05-2006, 07:57 PM
did them for the first time last week... while my working sets of back-squats are at 225, i could barely do 135 with the front squats... they're tough!

jed
03-05-2006, 07:59 PM
yeah at the beginning of the season i could only max 205... but then a week ago i maxed 265, and i didnt do it once thruout the season. im gonna start tho because it helps alot.

khari
03-06-2006, 05:53 AM
are they really that important? ive done em maybe once or twice in my life for 3x10 of 135

If you compete in weightlifting, yes they are. Otherwise you'll do fine with just back squats, although front squats are a great change of pace.

drew
03-06-2006, 07:09 AM
I hate front squats, so I don't do them :D

No real reason not to do them if you want to. Great for PLers, even better for OLY lifters and Combat athletes.

Franco
03-06-2006, 07:51 AM
I do them from time to time.

I personally prefer to use a clean grip over a cossack style.

f=ma
03-06-2006, 10:33 AM
the clean grip is really rough on my wrists..

Bohizzle
03-06-2006, 11:36 AM
i start off with the clean grip with my warm up sets, but once i go heavier, my wrists aren't really flexible enough for it and it starts to hurt, so then i do the crossover grip.

silentdragonx
03-06-2006, 12:48 PM
I saw it in Mens Health but never tried it. Front squats are better for your shoulders.

Sensei
03-06-2006, 02:21 PM
Great exercise.

Bruise Brubaker
03-06-2006, 05:36 PM
I love them, because I hate back squats and never got used to these, I would good-morning the weight instead.

I prefer the clean grip, it is more stable, and I don't put my pinkies on the bar, solving the wrist flexibility problem.

Natetaco
03-10-2006, 06:18 AM
i like the cross grip, the clean always kills my wrists. yeah i like front squats sometimes i do those on leg day instead of back. more isolation

Natetaco
03-10-2006, 06:18 AM
i like the cross grip, the clean always kills my wrists. yeah i like front squats sometimes i do those on leg day instead of back. more isolation

SW
03-10-2006, 06:58 AM
Clean grip kills my wrists, while cross arms grip kills my rotaters. No go for front squat.

drew
03-10-2006, 07:13 AM
Danny John said "Always do front squats first, that way everythig else will seem like fun"

SW
03-10-2006, 07:51 AM
I'm a pussy.

Maki Riddington
03-10-2006, 07:59 AM
I did them all the time before I hurt my shoulder. Personally I think they are a lot harder then regular squats.

The13ig13adWolf
03-10-2006, 08:19 AM
are they really that important?
personally, i think so. great exercise.

ArchAngel777
03-10-2006, 08:22 AM
There is no doubt that they are more difficult than Back Squats, at least for the average user. Racking the weight on the front is more stressful than racking it on the back. Whether you use clean grip or crossed arms, it works your delts (isometric). They focus more on your quads.

Skinny Fat
03-10-2006, 08:34 AM
I just did my first couple sets (laugh - the bar 2x10) - I'm going to be exchanging them for my back squats for the next couple weeks, at least, because I think the change in form will ultimately be good for my back squat form. It took a couple reps to get even the basic move down, I don't know what I'm going to do once I start actually putting weight on the bar!

g0ddang
03-10-2006, 02:05 PM
i do them every now and then just to spice things up. probably every other week.. i normally do them with my arms crossed. i tried it once with the clean grip and it was the most uncomfortable grip i've ever experienced.. next time i'm going to lower the weight and work my way up.

kingmetal
03-15-2006, 09:37 AM
I love front squats. Yesterday was leg day and after a nice little leg extension warm up I hit that rack with a vengence- heavy and deep front squats cossack style, hammies to calves.
My quads scream like a little girl when Im done...

bIgHwN86
03-15-2006, 12:00 PM
Front squats have become a staple in my training. I hurt both of my shoulders, and racking the bar in back of me just kills me. But slowly but surely i have been able to do back squats. but ya, front squats are great and one of my favorite excercises.

ArchAngel777
03-15-2006, 12:59 PM
I have started to train Front Squats again recently. It took a while to gain the flexibility in my arms for the clean grip, but I finally have it now. I feel much more stable in a Front Squat, than a back squat when I am coming up. For direct leg work, nothing beats the front squat in my opinion.

renegademojo62
03-15-2006, 01:36 PM
yea do front squats every once in a while. Usually can really feel them in the quads, abs, forearms and shoulders. Really good exercise to get you form straight and i think its one of those exercises where it works all the stabalizer muscles.

KevinStarke
03-15-2006, 02:42 PM
I dont know if its my build thats the problem but my arms just dont have the flexibility for clean grip front squats.

Sensei
03-15-2006, 02:52 PM
I dont know if its my build thats the problem but my arms just dont have the flexibility for clean grip front squats.
You have pretty big arms and that doesn't help. Most people just need to spend more time with the exercise and give their wrists, elbows, and shoulders time to adjust though. Some of the SHW in OL have LARGE arms.

If you gave yourself a month or so of doing the exercise a couple times a week, it would get easier.

ArchAngel777
03-15-2006, 03:06 PM
I dont know if its my build thats the problem but my arms just dont have the flexibility for clean grip front squats.

It took mine forever... I have large arms too. What I did was clean with 135 and forced the weight on my shoulders... Basically, it hurt a lot, but after a while I was able to do it without pain... Works perfectly now.

Maxwell
03-15-2006, 03:39 PM
I do them. They are a bitch on the wrists, so I need to try the arms crossed method.

jed
03-15-2006, 05:06 PM
Front squats have become a staple in my training. I hurt both of my shoulders, and racking the bar in back of me just kills me. But slowly but surely i have been able to do back squats. but ya, front squats are great and one of my favorite excercises.
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