Front Squats: What Are They?
The front squat is one of the most popular exercises among bodybuilders. However, it’s not just used by bodybuilders; it’s also become very popular amongst powerlifters, strongmen and other athletes. There are many reasons why front squats have gained popularity. One reason could be because they’re simple to learn and perform well even if you’ve never done them before (and I’m sure some of you haven’t). Another reason might be due to their high level of difficulty. You don’t need to be a world class athlete or even an Olympic weightlifter to do them.
Another reason might be because they’re relatively easy on your joints and muscles compared to other exercises. And finally, there’s the fact that they require little equipment. That makes them ideal for those who want something quick and cheap to add into their workout routine without having to invest in expensive gym equipment like free weights or machines.
What Makes Them So Popular?
There are several factors that make front squats so popular. First of all, they’re simple to learn and perform well even if you’ve never done them before. For example, let’s say you want to improve your bench press. You’d probably start out doing dumbbell presses and then eventually move up to barbell presses when you get stronger.
But what happens if instead of starting off with dumbbells, you started off with a barbell? It would take much longer to master the lift, wouldn’t it?
But with front squats, you don’t have to worry about that. They’re a simpler movement so you’ll be able to perform them even if you’ve never done squats of any kind before. You can start off with front squats and gain strength on them before moving up to other types of back squats when you feel that you’re ready.
They’re also less stressful on your joints and muscles compared to other exercises. While this can be beneficial for those with pre-existing conditions or recovering from injuries, it also benefits those who are simply trying to avoid getting hurt in the first place. Since there’s much lower risk of injury, you’ll be able to train harder and more frequently. In the long run, this can help you gain more strength and muscle than if you were resting all the time to avoid getting hurt.
As you continue to train hard and get stronger, it’ll become necessary to find a way to keep progressing at the gym.
After all, if you’re not getting any stronger then what’s the point of going anymore?
Fortunately, one thing that’ll help you do this is to use varied forms of squatting in your workout routine. Front squats are great to start with because as I’ve already mentioned they’re very beginner friendly. But as you get stronger and ready to take the next step, you can begin doing back squats.
They also require little in the way of equipment. Depending on where you train you might not even have access to a squat rack. In that case, front squats are going to be your best bet. They can even be done outside without any equipment at all if necessary!
If you’re fortunate enough to have a squat rack, then you can do back squats too of course.
For those who are really serious about their training, front and back squats are a must. They’ll help you gain strength faster, increase muscle mass, prevent injury and allow you to keep making progress for many years to come.
But don’t worry; you don’t need to rush into them. Front squats by themselves are great for beginners and anyone else for that matter. So don’t try to do too much too soon. Get comfortable with them first and then you can worry about adding another type of squat later on.
Give Them A Try
In conclusion, front squats are an excellent compound exercise that’ll help you become stronger, bigger and more muscular. They’re very beginner friendly and allow you to train hard without having to worry too much about getting hurt. Try doing front squats and I promise you that you’ll love the results you get from them. Then, once you’ve gotten comfortable with them and want to take your strength to the next level, you can move on to back squats too.
So try these suggestions out and start getting ready for the body you want by doing front squats!
Thanks again for reading and I hope you’ve gained something from this article. Have a great day!
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The front squat and its variations by MA Mike Waller… – … and Conditioning Journal, 2007 – search.proquest.com
Dissecting the Squat by Z LONG – CrossFit Journal, 2015 – library.crossfit.com
Optimized anthropometric modelling of the front squat by JE Kawamoto
The relationship between core stability & squat ratio in resistance-trained males by M Bawol – 2013 – dalspace.library.dal.ca
The Best Muscle-Building Exercises For Every Body Part! by T Ray, KJ Adams, M DeBeliso – International Journal of …, 2017 – journals.aiac.org.au