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    Difficulty: Front Squat vs. Regular Squat

    I find that I use less than half of the weight I use for regular squats. How much more difficult is the front squat supposed to be? Is the difference in weight supposed to be this great?

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    When I started doing front squats, I was squatting 225 and I couldn't even front squat 135. It took me about a month or two two develope wrist flexibility and keep my elbows high. Now my front squat is increasing faster than my back squat. I back squat 275 and front squat 205. So I think you just need to get used to the exercise and then your numbers will increase. To answer your question I don't think it is very common for someone to front squat less than 50% of there back squat. Do you use a clean grip or cross your arms?

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    i cant front squat shit. it throws off my balance so i just do reg squats, leg press, ect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cshea2 View Post
    When I started doing front squats, I was squatting 225 and I couldn't even front squat 135. It took me about a month or two two develope wrist flexibility and keep my elbows high. Now my front squat is increasing faster than my back squat. I back squat 275 and front squat 205. So I think you just need to get used to the exercise and then your numbers will increase. To answer your question I don't think it is very common for someone to front squat less than 50% of there back squat. Do you use a clean grip or cross your arms?
    I cross my arms. The way you hold the bar shouldn't affect your performance should it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by unclem View Post
    i cant front squat shit. it throws off my balance so i just do reg squats, leg press, ect.
    I used to never do them, but recently something just clicked. I love them now. It's also awesome to see the crowd at the leg press machine staring as I do controlled, deep front squats. You'd swear they've never seen the exercise before!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teddy-G View Post
    I used to never do them, but recently something just clicked. I love them now. It's also awesome to see the crowd at the leg press machine staring as I do controlled, deep front squats. You'd swear they've never seen the exercise before!
    does it throw off your balance brother?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teddy-G View Post
    I used to never do them, but recently something just clicked. I love them now. It's also awesome to see the crowd at the leg press machine staring as I do controlled, deep front squats. You'd swear they've never seen the exercise before!
    They probably haven't seen it. It's much easier to load up a few hundred pounds on the leg press and do a few half-ass reps than it is to do front or back squats. Because of that most of them have probably never done a squat.

    I don't think I could front squat half what I fo for back squats. Mostly because of the comfort level (not doing them very often). Throws the balance off a lot and feels strange.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unclem View Post
    i cant front squat shit. it throws off my balance so i just do reg squats, leg press, ect.
    Same.

    For me Front Squats detract too much from what I want out of a squat. It becomes too much about balancing and staying upright that my legs and even whole body lose much of the workout.

    Also, even with my torso at about 80 degrees, so basically upright, my back still hurt from these. I'd much rather back squat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teddy-G View Post
    I cross my arms. The way you hold the bar shouldn't affect your performance should it?
    Probably not, I was just curious what other people do. I use the clean grip, when I tried to cross my arms, I felt like I was choking myself and couldn't breathe properly. I agree front squats take a lot of concentration which take away from working your quads, luckily theres so many squat variations out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teddy-G View Post
    I used to never do them, but recently something just clicked. I love them now. It's also awesome to see the crowd at the leg press machine staring as I do controlled, deep front squats. You'd swear they've never seen the exercise before!
    to be truthful i dont see to much of it at my gym. but alot of leg presses and calfs. but even squatts i never see just a few of us train them. i guess its all show no go. most people dont like squats i love them. and deadlifts are another favorite. but the guys that train legs do 405 with partial reps, i cant do that much no more but 225 is good enough for me at least iam very strict.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unclem View Post
    to be truthful i dont see to much of it at my gym. but alot of leg presses and calfs. but even squatts i never see just a few of us train them. i guess its all show no go. most people dont like squats i love them. and deadlifts are another favorite. but the guys that train legs do 405 with partial reps, i cant do that much no more but 225 is good enough for me at least iam very strict.
    LOL, you squatting 225 with strict form is like 10x better for leg development than some douchebag squatting 4 plates on his toes with a 3 inch ROM.

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    ^^^ its always when the " hotties are near by. i dont care i take the weight off and do my little 225 but it works for me.

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    For most people front squatting is limited by core strength. I like to use it as an assistance exercise to help improve core strength and quad strength. I think front squats really translate well into jumping ability.

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    I wish I can do front squats, but my wrist flexibility sucks and I dont feel comfortable with the cross grip. It feels like the bar wants to come off my shoulders and make me shrug my shoulders to try and keep them up, shrugging is not a good thing, especially if my upper trapz are already overactive.

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    I find front squats to be safer for ATG. They force me to keep my back more upright past 90.

    I do back squats very heavy with good form. I tap the safety bars at verified past 90 with back squats.

    Then I go to front ATG at 50% of back squats. It's like poetry in motion for me, been doing it like this for over a year. I love it.

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