although mostly it was just using the grip itself.[/quote]
For me personally I found the best thing was every time I went into the gym, I just did a quick wrist, and triceps stretch then loaded the bar up and put it in position then held it there in a clean grip without squatting. Although I reckon sitting at my desk and stretching out my wrists all the time helped too.
In my experience (not much) I’ve found using a clean grip is the most comfortable for me, as with the crossed arm bodybuilder style I’d end up with the bar rolling down my shoulders if I was fatigued; with the clean grip I find it easier to keep my elbows up which stops it happening.
However I’ve also found I’m more susceptible to letting the bar roll onto my carotid artery just behind my collar bone, and went through a stage of almost passing out when I walked it out so that’s something you may want to watch out for.
That’s just my 2c - I’m pretty sure Hungry4More uses a BB style and he Front squats a ton more weight than I do so don’t write it off at all.
Thanks for that kanew. I started with the cross grip first. I read in Cressey’s Maximum Strength book about position the bar close to the neck such that it’s almost choking (sorry, is this what you meant by carotid artery?), he also suggests (like many) to keep working at it and get beyond the conditioning stage.
Yeh, it’ll sit against your throat sometimes, that’s not what I meant though; just something you’ll have to get used to - I don’t mind it too much.
The artery bit is where the bar will just sometimes settle in a certain position behind my collar bone and I’ll end up getting really light-headed; a couple of times I’ve dropped into the squat only to find myself standing a couple of seconds later with absolutely no memory of squatting.
I asked it about on here and was told it was quite common and if it happens just re-rack it and reposition the bar. I’ve found it doesn’t happen as often now as I’ve learnt how to position the bar on my shoulders better.[/quote]
I’ve gone well into the 400’s on front squats, and never blacked out. Maybe my body just doesn’t black out easily, but I’m guessing you just had the bar TOO far back against your throat…the opposite problem most people have. Setup is everything with front squatting.