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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

It’s 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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  1. #1
    Senior Member geoffgarcia's Avatar
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    Questions on front squats

    How do you all hold the bar when you do these?
    I cross my arms in front of me and hold the bar up on my delts but have gotten some brusing from this and it kinda hurts

    Any recommendations?

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    Give this a look. You may feel a little stress on your wrists but you will get used to it.


    http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/...rontSquat.html

    I've done it a couple of times cross arm style but I just couldn't into it. Try a pad or towel or something.
    Last edited by rpffly; 11-07-2003 at 09:42 AM.
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    Yes, that's the clean grip and once you get used to it, it's really stable and comfortable. Your shoulders/upper arms make a "shelf" that the bar rests on and you only need a little bit of finger pressure to keep it there.

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    BAH front squats are the Devil!! I keep my elbows straight out in front of me this pushes the shoulders up for the bar to rest on, and like IceR said you dont need to grip the bar to much, just keep it from rolling forward really.
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    Exactly. And front squats are awesome, man...what's your problem with them?

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    The things forbidden that while the Customs slept
    I have crossed to Safety with? For I am There,
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    LOL give my journal a look. I just hit a Front squat PR 135 x 12. LMFAO 135... *sigh

    Oh and Geoff make sure you start out light and get your form down! They can be kind of strange to get used to, odd balance with them.
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    If it's a PR, then it's a wonderful thing

    And front squats ARE challenging...starting with the bar is a good idea until everything feels natural.

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    Me loves front squats, me train at home..no power rack.

    TIP: I somewhat choke my neck, position wise w/ arms crossed, helps get the bar in the right groove.

    PS. Front squats can hurt, but Zercher<sp> squats hurt more...for me anyways
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    Cross armed, close to neck but not choking. I found front squats easier to learn and adjust to than back squats. Also, I never feel like I'm losing my balance when I do them. Up to 275x2 with them.
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    Originally posted by rpffly
    Give this a look. You may feel a little stress on your wrists but you will get used to it.


    http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/...rontSquat.html

    I've done it a couple of times cross arm style but I just couldn't into it. Try a pad or towel or something.
    In this picture it looks like the guy is holding the bar palms up?
    I dont think I have a shot of getting that kinda flexibility
    I'm sitting here forcing my hand down at that angle and I'm still about 2-3" off my shoulders
    I can get away with palms down though, have you guys tried it that way?

    The more I think about it
    I think I'm just gonna have to get a towel and do it cross armed...

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    I haven't tried it yet but I've read a good way to hold the bar almost "olympic style". It consists of using a pair of straps wrapped around the bar and holding them instead of the bar itself.
    Last edited by Bruise Brubaker; 11-07-2003 at 02:41 PM.

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    I cross arm it with it as close to my neck as possible. That clean grip is physically impossible for me. My hands have to be over 2.5 feet apart to pull off anything resembling that, then it kills my forearms.
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