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Old 02-13-2013, 02:34 PM   #321
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Front squats have always felt more like a natural movement for me, and I can see it having a bigger impact on the core than the back squat. Don't think you can really go wrong with either!
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Old 02-13-2013, 02:40 PM   #322
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Also consider the rate of descent. It is easier to "drop" into a front squat, bounce and power out than it is to lower yourself slowly into a front squat position (..mind you, this really places a lot of emphasis on core strength), squeeze and power out. HUGE difference between the two!

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Old 02-13-2013, 03:12 PM   #323
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Also consider the rate of descent. It is easier to "drop" into a front squat, bounce and power out than it is to lower yourself slowly into a front squat position (..mind you, this really places a lot of emphasis on core strength), squeeze and power out. HUGE difference between the two!
if the front squat had a vagina would you ask it on a date? hahha I'm just playing. You do love yourself some front squat though.
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Old 02-13-2013, 03:34 PM   #324
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if the front squat had a vagina would you ask it on a date? hahha I'm just playing. You do love yourself some front squat though.

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....and yeah, I love it because I can see and feel the results. It was the missing link in my exercise chain.

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Old 02-13-2013, 03:37 PM   #325
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My wrists are terrible, especially when trying to front squat. Does the pain/lack of flexibility go away within a few days/weeks?
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Old 02-13-2013, 03:39 PM   #326
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My wrists are terrible, especially when trying to front squat. Does the pain/lack of flexibility go away within a few days/weeks?
A few weeks. It took me a couple of weeks to warm-up to the wrist positioning. I used to FS and Power Clean on the same day, but that was too taxing on my wrists. Now I Front Squat/Military Press on one day, and Squat/Power Clean on another day. The higher you get your elbows (..lat flexibility), the less pain you will have in your wrists.

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Old 02-13-2013, 03:40 PM   #327
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My wrists are terrible, especially when trying to front squat. Does the pain/lack of flexibility go away within a few days/weeks?
yea it will go away. The most painful part for me was always racking it at the end. When the tension comes off that's when I'd feel it.
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Old 02-13-2013, 03:42 PM   #328
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there's the flexibility part, but also remember to focus on keeping your elbows high. This helps remove tension from the wrists when the weight gets heavy
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Old 02-13-2013, 03:45 PM   #329
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Ok, I'll try doing it more often, I've only been doing it like once a month or so, been focusing more on my back squats and deadlifts.
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I think tomorrow will be my cherry popping, front squat day...
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:04 AM   #331
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I think tomorrow will be my cherry popping, front squat day...
You an I both man...
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Old 02-14-2013, 01:51 AM   #332
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You an I both man...
I'm actually going to postpone this at least a day, maybe 2. I did a pretty intense back workout this morning and would like to be nicely recovered for this, especially since it's a completely new workout for me.

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just make sure you guys get the form down. Rest that bar on your shoulders and hold it in place with your fingers. Not your palms. Keep your chest up and focus on your elbows being high.
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Everytime I see someone doing the palm hold with a light weight (most likely learning) I want to tell them to do themselves a favour and switch... but I never give advice in the gym it comes across as douchey
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Everytime I see someone doing the palm hold with a light weight (most likely learning) I want to tell them to do themselves a favour and switch... but I never give advice in the gym it comes across as douchey
same here. I always kept my mouth shut. In my garage I rule with an Iron Fist though.
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:15 AM   #336
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I'd wager that the reason why you feel that your back squat is more taxing is because your front squat isn't very heavy. I promise you, when that weight gets heavy, you'll understand what we mean. The back squat doesn't blast your core like the front squat, and I'd wager that the CNS is worked harder during the front squat as well. I love the FS, but I experience anxiety on FS days. I know I'm going to get worked!
I'd tend to agree with this. I think your form might need a little work solly, specifically with driving through your heels and getting your legs closer together. You will up the weight much faster and fs will get a lot harder. The fact that the bar is on the front of your body should engage your core significantly more as you basically drive the bar up and thrust your hips more. Back squat it's a little more comfortable. Once my feet got closer together on front squats and my hips opened up a little, they got much more taxing no feel like my form is pretty damn good right now and I think I can hit 335 for a 2-3 rep max within a month. Ill start taking videos when my hamstring and arm gets healthy.
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A few weeks. It took me a couple of weeks to warm-up to the wrist positioning. I used to FS and Power Clean on the same day, but that was too taxing on my wrists. Now I Front Squat/Military Press on one day, and Squat/Power Clean on another day. The higher you get your elbows (..lat flexibility), the less pain you will have in your wrists.
Eh. I'm not sure about that. I usually power clean and fs the same day. I think you should incorporate an explosive movement. Every workout whether it be a snatch, clean, kb complex, ect. We maxed with pc and fs the same day
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Eh. I'm not sure about that. I usually power clean and fs the same day. I think you should incorporate an explosive movement. Every workout whether it be a snatch, clean, kb complex, ect. We maxed with pc and fs the same day
It's not that I don't think they go good together, it's the issue with my wrists. I reckon that if the volume wasn't so high it wouldn't be as taxing on my wrists. I may try to adjust it. I really, really want to work my Snatch, but unfortunately no rubber plates. Maybe I'll incorporate a KB complex. Thanks for the recommendation.

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Old 02-14-2013, 11:23 AM   #339
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Everytime I see someone doing the palm hold with a light weight (most likely learning) I want to tell them to do themselves a favour and switch... but I never give advice in the gym it comes across as douchey
I generally feel that way too, BUT at the same time, I literally see somebody about to kill themselves under the weight every time I'm in the gym. I can't, in good conscience, let it ride (..when it's some young whipper-snapper still in, or just out of high school )......at least not until I tell them ONCE what they're doing wrong.
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I generally feel that way too, BUT at the same time, I literally see somebody about to kill themselves under the weight every time I'm in the gym. I can't, in good conscience, let it ride (..when it's some young whipper-snapper still in, or just out of high school )......at least not until I tell them ONCE what they're doing wrong.
I also think people would you take you a lot more seriously than me! I don't have the body of a gym "veteran" so I think it would come across the wrong way. Not many people enjoy being told they are doing something "wrong".
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