Can someone walk me through what goes through your head step by step when you are setting up for and performing a front squat...like all the checks you say to yourself to make sure your form is right.
Absolutely nothing. If you think about it to hard while doing it your bound to screw up something imo. However, if you are still getting used to the form, my advice is to put on low weight and make sure you get the right feel for it which includes:
-Heels of your feet always planted down
-Chest up, back in a good arch, the weight should not fall forward
-You should be able to perform it with only 1 or 2 fingers holding the bar..your chest/collarbone should be absorbing the weight.
Currently 6 ft, 230 lb.
"All people dream but not equally. Those who dream by night in the recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous ones, for they may act their dream with open eyes to make it possible."
I'd add--keep the elbows up.
I dont have straps but I would do whatever is better, I heard clean grip is better because it promotes external rotation of the humerus rather than internal rotation like crossed arms grip ...so this would help with posture
A child does not learn to squat from the top down. In other words, he does not suddenly make a conscious decision one day to squat. Actually, he is squatting one day and make the conscious decision to stand. Squatting precedes standing in the developmental sequence. This is the way a child's brain learns to use the body as the child develops movement patterns. Therefore, a child is probably crawling, rocks back into a squatting position with the back completely relaxed and the hips completely flexed, and stands when he has enough hip strength. This approach makes a lot of sense and can be applied to relearning the deep squat movement if it is lost. -Gray Cook
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