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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Itís no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

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    Front Squats

    Hey

    Tried front squats the other day and my form was really good versus my back squats (I lean forward too far with back squats). How are these different in terms of effectiveness? Is it going to hurt my progress to switch to fronts instead? Any thoughts. Tried the search function but it's not working right now.

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    not too sure on any major differences, it takes more upperbody strength to do front squat and hold the bar there. you can definitely go heavier with back squats, id go with those unless you're doing lighter weight stuff

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    Quote Originally Posted by soclydeza View Post
    it takes more upperbody strength to do front squat and hold the bar there
    No. The bar should be resting on your shoulders when you front squat. When you squat - either front or back - your hands are on the bar to hold in place, not to support it.

    Front squats are more quad dominant. Back squats, particularly low bar, work your hamstrings more. If you're only going to do one kind of squat, in my opinion it should be the back squat.

    There's nothing wrong with a bit of forward lean in a back squat. If it's excessive, just work on your form and flexibility and things will improve. There is a series of squatRX videos created by Sensei, one of our members, that might really help. You can find them in one of the stickies at the top of the forum or by searching squatrx on youtube.
    Last edited by Jorge Sanchez; 03-22-2010 at 09:07 PM.
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    Thanks for all the tips guys. So what I'm getting is that I'd be better off if I could get my back squat sorted out, but the front squat is not harmful if I want to do that while I'm working on my back squat form.

    Thanks

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