******Hate to disagree here but you can get deeper with Front Squats and is not harder on your back at all. It's easier.Also Alywyn Cosgrove has also said many times he has replaced Back Squats with Front for most people because you are using more muscle.
I can go completley ass to grass with Front and not back...sorry to disagree*****
im a strength coach....as i said in my original post begginers sometimes struggle more with front squats because they can be harder on back and knees because its a bit harder for some of them to keep an arched position in the front squat, they tend to round their back a bit more....plus some of them have flexibility problems in the wrists
yes you can go deeper but you cant put as much weight on.......burgener, pendlay, and other prominent olympic weightlifting coaches would never remove back squats with front squats for this reason.....
back squats stimulate greater hypertrophy....plain and simple....back squats can still be a$$ to grass, you just have to work on them.....
i could understand cosgrove replacing backs with front squats so begginers could get deeper while he kept an eye on their back, etc....but there is no way i could see any sane person ever replacing back squats all together
you have to get careful when you speak about training begginers, because as zatsiorsky points out even simple calisthestics can bring about positive strength gains....however as athletes begin to plateau their weak links need to be addressed....whatver they may be
if Cosgrove had alot of success teaching fronts to begginers, thats great....if they can keep an arch in the front, they sure should be able to keep one in the back and they would develop strong middle/lower back muscles however if he were touting this as a great method for the intermediate to advanced athlete, he'd be crazy
think about this for a quick second....plenty of powerlifters who squat 900 can front 4-500 easily but very few olympic lifters who can front 4-5 can squat 900....
as Cressey points out in his article, maximal strength is massively important for whatever your goal....hypertrophy, just being strong, being ripped, etc