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      07-01-2016, 12:36 PM   #1
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Front squats vs back squats

So wanted everyone's opinion on this.

I typically do back squats 90% of the time....I can lift heavier, and they just feel more comfortable for me overall. Do you guys prefer one over the other, and do you feel there's really a big advantage to doing both, or just sticking with one over the other???
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So wanted everyone's opinion on this.

I typically do back squats 90% of the time....I can lift heavier, and they just feel more comfortable for me overall. Do you guys prefer one over the other, and do you feel there's really a big advantage to doing both, or just sticking with one over the other???
I could yabber about this topic all day. Firstly, I think that everyone should have a well rounded squatting routine. Are you squatting low bar (power lifting), or high bar (Olympic lifting) predominantly?
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I could yabber about this topic all day. Firstly, I think that everyone should have a well rounded squatting routine. Are you squatting low bar (power lifting), or high bar (Olympic lifting) predominantly?
Always high bar
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If you're training high bar the front squat is less important than if you squat only low bar. That being said, it is still required that you front squat in my opinion even if you lift high bar. Are you training for strength, or for Olympic lifts? (Most people I know squat low bar, the exceptions being my oly friends.)
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As far as what I prefer, obviously back squat because it's more comfortable. That said, front squat get your core much more involved. I do a mix (crossfit).
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Dudes that sit on their arse in sport seats and drive BMWs .. ask these guys about squats?
Olympic lifting happens to be one of my favorite sports... so yes? Ha
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I do both. Front squats are more quad focused and back squats more hamstring, glutes, etc. Obviously both hit everything but the focus feels different to me.

High bar back squats are a staple in my routine every week. Front bar gets added in for 8 weeks and then swapped out for something else for 8 weeks (like barbell lunges or something like that).

I do think front squats help round out your leg training.
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If you're training high bar the front squat is less important than if you squat only low bar. That being said, it is still required that you front squat in my opinion even if you lift high bar. Are you training for strength, or for Olympic lifts? (Most people I know squat low bar, the exceptions being my oly friends.)
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In that case I would just use them for rounding out your leg routine. As someone who does Oly, front squat is my predominant leg routine. I use high bar back squat, overhead squats, and low bar back squats to round out my routine. Again, this is only because the front squat and overhead squat are specifically my goal.

As a general strength goal, I would stick to predominantly back squat unless you feel your quads or calves are lacking. Try to front squat 1/3 of your leg days. Find someone that can teach you good form. I'm talking an instructor for crossfit or olympic lifters. If you aren't as serious, youtube. Some great instructional videos are on there.

Final tip, if you aren't squatting with olympic lifting shoes, squat barefoot. If that's not allowed where you lift, chucks or something similar. Keep those elbows high!
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In that case I would just use them for rounding out your leg routine. As someone who does Oly, front squat is my predominant leg routine. I use high bar back squat, overhead squats, and low bar back squats to round out my routine. Again, this is only because the front squat and overhead squat are specifically my goal.

As a general strength goal, I would stick to predominantly back squat unless you feel your quads or calves are lacking. Try to front squat 1/3 of your leg days. Find someone that can teach you good form. I'm talking an instructor for crossfit or olympic lifters. If you aren't as serious, youtube. Some great instructional videos are on there.

Final tip, if you aren't squatting with olympic lifting shoes, squat barefoot. If that's not allowed where you lift, chucks or something similar. Keep those elbows high!
Cool, thanks for the info

I typically do my squats/DL's in chucks (too cheap to buy a pair of Romaleos, haha)
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Know a top NFL kicker and he doesn't do weighted squats and you might think to strengthen legs the squat would be a requirement. Just read Meb Keflezighi's book on running and he not surprisingly doesn't do heavy squats. My novice opinion that for many sports squats aren't that important. I stopped doing squats for a few reasons, after having done them for many years.
I do like a large calf and large vastus medialis on the quad and able to do it without squats or concentrating on squats
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Know a top NFL kicker and he doesn't do weighted squats and you might think to strengthen legs the squat would be a requirement. Just read Meb Keflezighi's book on running and he not surprisingly doesn't do heavy squats. My novice opinion that for many sports squats aren't that important. I stopped doing squats for a few reasons, after having done them for many years.
I do like a large calf and large vastus medialis on the quad and able to do it without squats or concentrating on squats
My primary goal with leg strength is to improve my stride/explosiveness for playing hockey. I've noticed a huge improvement on how quickly I can get up to full speed since putting in more work on my leg/core strength.
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My primary goal with leg strength is to improve my stride/explosiveness for playing hockey. I've noticed a huge improvement on how quickly I can get up to full speed since putting in more work on my leg/core strength.
My lifting buddy plays hockey, you hockey guys are crazy


Do you run out on the road ? just curious
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I do split weeks, ME and DE.

Low bar back squats and oly grip front squats.

Can't do high bar back anymore due to neck problems.

Tend not to go too heavy with fronts and use them to build core strength with higher (cardio) reps.
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Front squats keep your back safe while working the core and legs.
Those are definitely less comfortable since the bar tends to choke you and initially there's some muscle pain from where the bar sits on shoulders, but that goes away after a while.

Fairly good flexibility is needed to get to proper depth and full rack position on shoulders (Please don't do that bodybuilding arms crossed shit).
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Do you run out on the road ? just curious
No, don't really do much running on the road...does a number on my knees from having tight IT bands
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Squats..do them...all of them, all the time.
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As stated from others you can use front squats or overhead squats to supplement your squat routine.

But if you don't have good ankle and thoracic mobility you can definitely develop pains from front squats.

It took me month's of stretching 3-5x a day to gain that mobility needed in my ankles and spine, having a office job did not help the cause, my co workers were like wtf are you doing.

If your looking for explosiveness you should look into a sprinting routine. I've added a sprinting routine 3x a week and it's help with explosiveness and strength in my squats. I use it as a conditioning tool after lifting.
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Hill sprints...FTW.
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I was harkening back to days of yore, when I went to school at UCSB. I would run about 3 miles on the beach, then go to the front entrance of the school. There was a bicycle trail that went form the beach to the top of the campus, about 300' climb in about 200 yards. 10 sets up and down there. LOVED how my thighs looked after those 4 years of training, haven't ever found something quite the same again.
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