So I've been back squatting for years now and for a variety of reasons have decided to swap them for front squats for the next 6-8 weeks. I front squatted last week and was pleasantly surprised.
My question for the guys that regularly front squat is this: for building size, has heavy weight and low reps OR higher reps and higher volume worked better for you? Also, how many work sets do you typically do each session?
I've been training for several years now and am new to this exercise and have not figured out all of the nuances yet. Any advice and anecdotal experience will be appreciated.
Last week my entire core was pretty damn sore for the days following my leg session. While front squatting, I went heavy for a few sets of 5 reps and also did a few sets of high reps. Since I was sore all over, I can't tell yet which approach worked better.
On my heavy sets, I noticed that my quads easily handled the weight; balancing myself and maintaining an upright position was my limiting factor. Hopefully my core strength will catch up quickly over the next few weeks.
On my high rep sets, I definitely felt the burn in my legs, but in the past my legs have responded best to heavy weight. Perhaps a change will kick-start another growth spurt...
Thanks in advance.