None of those, I don’t compete and I don’t train in any specific sport, just workout and running 5/3/1 with front squats as my main squat movement currently.
So the reasons are:
I want front squats to improve - as a premise, sufiandy got it right, my front squat and squat in general isn’t great. To improve poundages, I “only” need to train it, for now, so I’m not looking at holds to improve my actual numbers.
What I want to address with rack holds is tightness, staying rigid and squatting more vertical, which is something I want to improve regardless of the style I’m squatting.
And hopefully, this will lead to better technique and numbers down the road.
Overload especially is the main reason why I wanted to look into holds.
My gym has no specific equipment for loaded carries, I still do them with dumbbells and plates (and I’ll keep them in my routine), but front squat holds allow for a better progression since they can be increased along with TM increase from cycle to cycle, they don’t require specific equipment, they take less time, reinforce the specific position I want to improve and hopefully help with the “oh shit it’s heavy” feeling I get when I’m working up to heavier sets of FS.
As a side note, I already do band pull aparts (daily), face pulls (each workout), chins, rows (when the program allows).
Since I front squat 3x/week and my abs are already getting some work, I prefer to split up leg raises and do less reps (25-30 per workout) twice a week supersetting them with some other main lift.
Eventually, I’d introduce holds in a program (Full Body 16) with FS 3x/week, press 3x/week, deads 2x/week.
Should be all the infos
Lol where I train there’s no need to actually move “big” weights to look “cool” - just squatting regularly puts you into the small minority of people who’re actually training and not bouncing from a cardio machine to a zumba lesson