If you don’t do front squats, I don’t blame you. You probably don’t know how to or they are painful and awkward in some way shape or form. Today I hope to change that for you.
The front squat is a HIGHLY functional lift that requires both mobility, pillar strength and control. You need to be able to get into the front rack position if you are doing any type of power or full cleans. And they are a great squat variation for people who may feel a strain in their low back during back squats. If you feel pain during back squats that’s a whole other conversation. Just know front squats can be an alternative, as the weight is not directly loaded over the spine.
Watch the coaching video below and read through the in depth description of the set up, movement and re-racking of the weight for a full understanding of the front squat.
Now, in writing, here are some in depth coaching cues for you to think about while practicing the front squat. If you’re a trainer, feel free to use these with your clients. You may also want to look into my exercise encyclopedia, Movement 101.
Front Squats are a compound movement great for developing core strength and quads. Glutes and hamstrings are worked inevitably.
I hope if anything you have a better understanding of the front squat and all it’s mechanics. Whether you can execute? We just don’t know. You’ll have to tell me how it goes!
Get to front squatting my friend. And tell them Annie sent you.
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