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    Is there any point in my doing front squats?

    I'm currently working on Low bar squats to help strengthen my glutes and get the biggest squat I can, But after doing it for several weeks I was wondering wether it might be worth doing front squats to compliment it, I tried it earlier and it totally wrecked my wrists, I'm wondering if it's pointless to do because it seems that whatever I can get out of a front squat I can get something very similar out of just doing an olympic style high bar squat without ruining my wrists or wasting tons of time working on the mobillity for it
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    I honestly love front squats; probably the best quad-builder out there, not to mention the workout it gives your core and stabilizers. You mention your wrists hurting; were you using a clean grip? If so, try switching to having your arms crossed over the bar instead. I had the same wrist problem when using a clean grip, but I solved the problem by switching over to arms crossed. Give it a go!

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    Front squats will develop the front quads without a doubt. you just need to find which grip you prefer.
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    Front squats also really help with staying upright if you lean over too much in a low bar or high bar back squat. It's probably not your wrists that are immobile but your lats are probably tight and maybe even your thoracic spine extensors. You really need to be able to get your elbows up and in and extend your thoracic spine to use the clean grip properly.
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    Originally Posted by bouncingpuka View Post
    I honestly love front squats; probably the best quad-builder out there, not to mention the workout it gives your core and stabilizers. You mention your wrists hurting; were you using a clean grip? If so, try switching to having your arms crossed over the bar instead. I had the same wrist problem when using a clean grip, but I solved the problem by switching over to arms crossed. Give it a go!

    P.S. Working on mobility is never a waste of time!
    It isn't but working on mobillity for that seems silly unless you're an olympic lifter
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    Originally Posted by psychoclown99 View Post
    Front squats will develop the front quads without a doubt. you just need to find which grip you prefer.
    Front quads? yeah but wouldn't a high bar squat do the same?
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    You'd be using even less assistance from your glutes and hams doing front squats over high bar squats (think about how the weight is being positioned and that you're trying to keep the weight on the middle of your foot)
    I personally would recommend you keep them and just do them cross armed but they aren't necessary if you have other exercises for quads you prefer.
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    The front squat will expose your weak spots more than the back squat, which definitely is a good thing.
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    I just started doing front squats and really enjoy them. I front squat and then deadlift after to hit the posterior chain.
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    Originally Posted by BoaBite View Post
    You'd be using even less assistance from your glutes and hams doing front squats over high bar squats (think about how the weight is being positioned and that you're trying to keep the weight on the middle of your foot)
    I personally would recommend you keep them and just do them cross armed but they aren't necessary if you have other exercises for quads you prefer.
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    Originally Posted by Lemuriformes View Post
    The front squat will expose your weak spots more than the back squat, which definitely is a good thing.
    How does it expose your weak spots? surely it'd only expose weak quads and even then I'm not even sure what the front squat to back squat ratio should be. I did it the other day but I limited by my wrists hurting else I could of done quite a bit more
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    theres always a point or reason for a lift but theres also likely always an alternative you can use instead.. All just tools, whatever works for the job.

    Want to work more quads and something to involve a great deal of core strength- front squats.
    The counter argument can also be the core as it can be a limiting factor in overloading the quad (core and form breaking before quads).
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    Front squats with a clean grip is probably one of the best exercises you can do to build a strong posture, which obviously would carry over to all your other lifts, pulling and pressing, not only squats. The clean grip uses a supination, which really helps the overpronated shoulders that most of us accidentally develop as newbies. Using a crossed over grip is pronation, and it sort of ruins all the benefits you'd gain with a clean grip and is hardly worth doing. I think it's a wonderful compliment to backsquat because it helps you to pull it all back, whereas back squats kinda force you to hunch forward a tad (even if you're doing perfect highbar squats, there's a slight hunch).

    As for your wrists, it does this to anyone who uses a clean grip for the first time, it just takes a few sessions for the uncomfortable feeling to go away. Put a lot of emphasis on keeping your elbows up the entire time, as this is where the postural development will really come in.
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    front>traditional squats, IMO.

    I use the california grip, aka crossed arm.
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    Originally Posted by Jasonk282 View Post
    front>traditional squats, IMO.

    I use the california grip, aka crossed arm.
    WHy do you think front squats are better?
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    Front squats are a bit better at targeting the quads, but they'r not as good for overall leg development because you can't move as much weight.

    On the other end, low bar squats are good for moving the most weight, but they bring in a lot of lower back and aren't as much a focused leg exercise.
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    The wrist flexibility comes with time. I would never replace back squats with front squats but I'd also never take front squats out for any extended period of time. Just a great all around exercise.
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    Originally Posted by thinkgreen View Post
    The wrist flexibility comes with time. I would never replace back squats with front squats but I'd also never take front squats out for any extended period of time. Just a great all around exercise.
    It was mainly to supplement my low bar squats, because a lot of what I've been doing has been focused on my posterior chain. So I thought something like a front squat may supplement well, but I couldn't get on to start with and all the pressure was coming down on my wrists because at the bottom I couldn't get my elbows high enough
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    sounds like you could benefit from overall postural work, especially retracting your shoulders more and not focusing so much on the overpronated hulk pump that a lot of guys get attached too when they look in the mirror. You can see it in your avi too, lots of muscles on the front, but I bet you're lacking on the backside. If you take the time to gain the mobility to go ass to grass and keep your elbows up the entire time, I'm sure you'll notice a huge difference in all your lifts, and in your physique.
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    Front squats will complement your low bar back squats by providing balance between the posterior chain the front of the upper leg (quads). Using a clean grip will typically provide much better balance and control of the bar. The pain you're experiencing is common for lifters who are not used to doing it, and it will go away over time. The stretching to make this go faster is very easy and quick, like 2 minutes a few times a day. Simply place your palm against a wall and push into it feeling a stretch through the wrist and forearm. Hold to 15-20 sec per arm, and do a few times.

    After about a week or three, you won't feel any pressure/pain in your wrists and you'll have much more control over the bar when you front squat.
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    Originally Posted by olyw8lifter View Post
    Front squats will complement your low bar back squats by providing balance between the posterior chain the front of the upper leg (quads). Using a clean grip will typically provide much better balance and control of the bar. The pain you're experiencing is common for lifters who are not used to doing it, and it will go away over time. The stretching to make this go faster is very easy and quick, like 2 minutes a few times a day. Simply place your palm against a wall and push into it feeling a stretch through the wrist and forearm. Hold to 15-20 sec per arm, and do a few times.

    After about a week or three, you won't feel any pressure/pain in your wrists and you'll have much more control over the bar when you front squat.
    I can't get my elbows high enough at the bottom so the weight is literally resting on my wrists I think
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    As long as your posture is good, the arms shouldn't have to play a real support role (it will rest on your shoulders.) Just change your grip and try them again. I prefer them to traditional squats, personally.

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    Originally Posted by DannPM View Post
    As long as your posture is good, the arms shouldn't have to play a real support role (it will rest on your shoulders.) Just change your grip and try them again. I prefer them to traditional squats, personally.

    Why do you prefer them?
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