Five Great Things About Front Squats!
Squats, squats, squats. So many ways to do them, but really, is there a benefit from doing them different ways? YES! Check out the benefits of doing front squats:
1. Less Spinal Load. The Front Squat is a harder exercise than the Back Squat:
- Less hip involvement because of the upright position
- Less stable position: shoulders hold the bar using your back muscle
2. Less Spinal Flexion. The upright stance during the Front Squats, makes it impossible to lean forward. If you do, the weight drops. This decreases your chances of rounding your back.
3. Less Torque. During a Front Squat, the torso stays nearly vertical during the whole lift. This puts less rotational force on your lower back. Another benefit of the Front Squat’s upright stance.
4. Abdominal Training. Keeping your torso erect during heavy Front Squats requires a strong set of abs. The Front Squat is a great exercise to work your entire core. If you lean forward too much during Back Squats, start doing Front Squats. They will quickly solve this problem.
5. Carry Over. The Front Squat imitates the catch position of the Clean. If you intend to power clean one day, Front Squats are a good way to prepare yourself.
September 8, 2011 WOD
Front Squats 5 x 3