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Barbell Front or Back

Front or Back Squat - you can choose only 1!

  • Front

    Votes: 15 48.4%
  • Back

    Votes: 16 51.6%

  • Total voters
    31

Pavel.Kosenkov

Level 1 Valued Member
Low bar back squat for maximum weight. Hip dominant, spares the knees. You can go into box squat from there. You can high bar if low bar is a problem. If choosing 2: low bar and front squat. Then, high bar, and probably never - zercher.
From my experience of doing it all.

I think low bar and front squat is an awesome combo covering the whole spectrum of squat mechanics. Altimate hips, and altimate upfront position.
 
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watchnerd

Level 8 Valued Member
This meso cycle I've been doing my front squats on a 20 degree squat wedge.


Sets of 10 are pretty gnarly.

Hits VMO hard.
 

Anna C

Level 9 Valued Member
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I said Front Squat, answering for myself.

If I had to answer for trainees/students, I would say Back Squat.

I think Back Squat is more useful for getting someone strong for a few years. Once trunk stability and requisite mobility are present, front squat is at least as useful and maybe more so. But I wouldn't want to have limited my lower body strength to my ability to hold a good front squat position during my first few years of barbell training.
 

MikeL

Level 5 Valued Member
I said Front Squat, answering for myself.

If I had to answer for trainees/students, I would say Back Squat.

I think Back Squat is more useful for getting someone strong for a few years. Once trunk stability and requisite mobility are present, front squat is at least as useful and maybe more so. But I wouldn't want to have limited my lower body strength to my ability to hold a good front squat position during my first few years of barbell training.
Why do you consider front squat perhaps more useful than back for a “trained” person?
Thing I like about FS is the anterior loading. I don’t think it’ll ever not load the posterior chain but perhaps offers more balance…
 
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