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    Difference between front and back squat?

    Is there any difference between the two exercises? Back squat gives me severe pain in my knee's, but front squat is perfectly fine.

    Does front squat target different auxiliary muscles?
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    Front squat hits quads more
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    front squats hits the front thigh the most. so you have that popping thighs when you hit side shots
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    Form is probably off for back squat. Leaning too far forward, knees coming over the toes. There's less trunk flexion in the front squat, so it hits the quads more so than the hammies compared to back squat. Film yourself doing both squats and check the form
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    Originally Posted by TravkinK View Post
    Just skimmed through it, bookmarked for later. Cheers

    Originally Posted by JellyPenguin515 View Post
    Front squat hits quads more
    So I should hit hammies harder on my leg day then? Like maybe adding in straight-leg deadlifts or something
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    Originally Posted by RiceFish View Post
    Is there any difference between the two exercises? Back squat gives me severe pain in my knee's, but front squat is perfectly fine.

    Does front squat target different auxiliary muscles?
    Front squats fcuk up your kness to a much lesser degree. Although with proper technique (i.e using hip flexors and "sitting back") in a back squat together with knee wraps for heavier weights, you can prevent this.

    Front just targets quads slightly more. Not significant enough to warrant any difference imo.
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    Originally Posted by DK_82 View Post
    Form is probably off for back squat. Leaning too far forward, knees coming over the toes. There's less trunk flexion in the front squat, so it hits the quads more so than the hammies compared to back squat. Film yourself doing both squats and check the form
    I got a personal trainer at my gym to check my form, I even tried the arnold technique (Using a sloped piece of wood under your feet while squatting).

    I had surgery on my knee a while ago, and I sure as hell don't want it again!
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