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front squat form check

Discussion in 'Introductions & Advice For Beginners' started by user786, Jun 9, 2009.

  1. user786

    user786 Active Member

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    could i have a front squat form check
    please

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZU6IaaYT-Cs&feature=channel_page


    also im am going to incorporate these more ...would it be
    just a matter of stopping back squats and starting front...or better to alternate them ..or can you do a few sets of both at the same workout??

    thanks
     
    #1 user786, Jun 9, 2009
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  2. Gordo

    Gordo Well-Known Member

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    Drop the weight, your back looks like it's caving. I think it would help to be more upright, the bar looks like it's going to roll right off your shoulders.
    for comparison (not mine, but looks pretty good to me): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WOiAcwX4hM

    Don't see why you couldn't do both back and front in a workout. How to get better at squats....squat more :)
     
    #2 Gordo, Jun 9, 2009
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  3. jasunkrebs

    jasunkrebs Active Member

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    Definitely not an expert by any means and not sure if you are doing deadlifts as a part of your routine, but here's something to think about...Back Squats work your quads/posterior chain 40/60, Front Squats 50/50. Most people are quad dominant and have weak hamstrings/glutes. A weak posterior chain is a common cause of back & knee pain, so deadlifts & back squats help strengthen your posterior chain. If you remove back squats, and don't have deadlifts to emphasize posterior chain development you'd have to add extra posterior chain work which gets things too complicated. Bottom line: Do back squats. At the very least do them both (alternate between workouts) and make sure you have another posterior chain movement.

    You are definitely leaning too forward on your squats and rounding your lower back. Do your best to keep your chest up and forward, look forward, not up or down, and keep your elbows up and in. Push from your heels (looks like you are pushing from your toes a little in your video) and sit back. Excellent form on the video Gordo posted.

    Also, I like Gordo's take on squats, to get better at squats, squat more :tu:

    Good luck!
    Jasun
     
  4. user786

    user786 Active Member

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    thanks guys:tu:
     

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