Its fine to let your knees track over your toes to an extent, but breaking with the knees is a poor squatting pattern. Yes you obviously want to be as upright as possible, but you need adequate hip range of motion to get into that position. [/quote]
Every good front squat I’ve seen, there has been very little breaking at the hips or pushing the hips back. The majority say sit straight down into it, so if I push the hips back, how am I sitting straight into it?
The front squat hits the quads and core, so surely pulling the hips back will turn it into a back/posterior chain exersize. Which isn’t what I’m wanting to use this for.
I’m not saying you need to sit into it like a ‘powerlifting style’ squat - you break hips first in the video and it looks just fine. What I am saying is that relying on ankle dorsiflexion without much movement at the hip is far from an optimal way to squat. Mike Robertson posed up an example:
Ideally you should have enough hip external rotation/flexion to get your knees far enough out to the sides that forward knee movement is kept to a minimal. [/quote]
I see what you’re saying now! I’ll be sure to get the knees out more, I was thinking you meant hips back when you mentioned hips, not external rotation, thats my mistake. Thanks for elaborating and making sense of that for me, I appreciate it!