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Five Reasons for Front Squats

February 4, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

Maybe you need a reason to do more front squats? Well, here you go from Healthy Delicious Living

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IF YOU WANT ABS… do front squats!!

1. Great quad workout: The front squat is an excellent movement to get bigger, stronger quads–probably the best exercise there is. Because you’re position is more upright, it emphasizes the quads more.

2. Stronger core:  Because you’re holding the weight in front of your body, and you must remain upright your entire core gets a great workout trying to stabilize the weight and keep you upright. If you find you’re leaning forward a lot when you back squat, you’ll quickly get stronger and fix this problem if you switch to front squats for a while.

3. Improves your technique: Because the bar is placed in front of you, on your shoulders, the front squat is a lot like other exercises and strengthens the “base” of those lifts/presses. Power Cleans, Overhead Presses, Overhead Squats, etc all share the same “starting” position as the front squat. Getting stronger and more comfortable with Front Squats will help you in those exercises too.

4. More Natural Spine Position: You’re more upright with the front squat… your spine is in a more neutral “straight” position. This combined with the fact you’re lifting less weight is healthier for your spine in the long run.

5. Much better for your lower back: Most people have lower back problems and back squats aggravate these conditions. But because your upper body is mostly upright (instead of leaning forward like in a back squat) there’s less force on your lower back. I started front squatting after I hurt my lower back.

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and a few more reasons to squat in general?

•    Better functional mobility and faster walking speed

•    Greater bone mineral density and less chance of breaking a bone

•    Faster running speed at short and long distances

•    Greater vertical jump height

•    Better sports performance on the court or field

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