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Front squats(6 posts)

Front squatsPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Jul 4, 2002 9:08 PM
Why do people like front squats so much?

from what I remember: more focus on quadricepsweiwentg
Jul 5, 2002 1:27 AM
less involvement of the hamstrings and glutes.
How and why?PODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Jul 5, 2002 8:29 AM
How would it do this? And why would you want to take away the focus from the hamstrings and glutes?

you'll have to ask netso; he's the genius! :) nmweiwentg
Jul 5, 2002 12:58 PM
re: Front squatsWalter
Jul 5, 2002 6:35 PM
Front squats are primarily a supplemental lift for olympic style lifting as a successful clean and jerk requires a strong front squat.

As opposed to back or powerlifting squats your feet are a little closer together and you should drop your hips so that your thighs are below parallel in relation to the floor. They do emphasize the quads more than heavy back squats. It is a common belief that back squats are strictly a thigh exercise and that they stress the knees. Properly done back squats should stress and thereby increase the strength of your hips and various erector muscles as much if not more than your thighs. If you keep form you knees should move in a natural motion. This is the reason "power" squats (where the bar is across the back as opposed to top of shoulders and your feet are set wide) are not real popular with the body builders. Big squatters have big hips and don't look good in thongs on the stage. :-)

If you're going to front squat learn to hold the bar in the "hang" the position an olympic lifter has the bar after the clean part of the clean and jerk. That crossover grip/position that you see guys use in the gym will never be stable if you get any real weight on the bar.
Good luck.
Thanks for the reply!!! (nm)PODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Jul 5, 2002 9:02 PM