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Front Squat=Bench?


#1

I will be finishing up 3 10x3 weeks to get an idea of where i'm at with my goals this week, and I am finding that my Front Squats (405lbs) and Flat BB Bench (425lbs) and very close in weight but the bench is still heavier...

Is anyone else like this or do i front squat the weight of a big pale girl?

I feel like the Front squat should be a good bit heavier in comparison...am i alone on this one?

(Vids in my log...)


#2

I bench well more than I front squat, but I don't ever front squat heavy.


#3

I'm front squatting around 300 and benching around 250 right now, so I don't know the validity of it.


#4

Abrams; wtf happened to your face?


#5

my front squat is about 10lbs more then my bench. it all depends how you train and what your goals are.


#6

My bench has always been about 10-15lbs more than my front squat.


#7

Zombie movie :P, it's in the picture description haha.


#8

Same here, my bench press is a bit stronger than front squat about 5kilos.


#9

Mine are the same, but that's because my bench sucks and I only ever back squat. Oh. And my core sucks too.


#10

Would you please describe how deep you go when you front squat? My front squat (to parallel) max is well above my bench press max...


#11

Would you please think before posting? I watched the video and he sank it deep.

Alpha, I wouldn't worry about it too much. Your backsquat is just about 100# over your bench. And both are very respectable #'s imho.

What do you gain by having your front squat higher than your bench, anyway? But if you really want to improve it, there's always smolov!


#12

The strength ratio article by Brad Kaczmarski suggests a FS should be about 90% of your bench.

http://www.T-Nation.com/free_online_article/sports_body_training_performance/how_much_can_you_lift_wimp

Probably a lot of room for argument here, but you do match up damn close to what he says for those two lifts.


#13

he suggests CGBP to be the same as front squat? i cant imagine that being balanced (although my pressing does suck)

i dont know, i consider my bench press and my front squat to both be weak points, but i definitly front squat more


#14

I recently did a 1RM test of my bench and front squat since I needed it to calculate my percentages for 5/3/1.

They were exactly the same. However, in the past my bench was usually 5-15lbs higher.


#15

I repped on front squat (8x) what I max bench (385).


#16

I think it depends on how you bench (touch&go, pause, etc).

Personally, I bench around 215-220, and front squat about 250. So, big difference for me, but I'm bottom-heavy.


#17

Well i don't gain anything from my FS being higher--it just seemed kind of back-arse-wards and I was wondering if any of you were in a similar situation...

Looks like I am not alone with this one...


#18

CGBP is about the same for me (I may even be able to do a little more than front squat). I'm pretty tri dominate on bench though.


#19

i dunno, my bench 1RM is 350. my front squat 1RM is 415.


#20

WTF.... I front squat x5 my bench max. If not more.