I’m not going to trade insults with some kid, I have standards. My insults and verbal joust are saved only for Irish, and even then at least he knows some credible information and not just repeating a statement like this kid does. I mean for god sakes, your 200lbs and only benching 275, and yet your saying you squat and deadlift 200 lbs more…I’m going to call bullshit since I know highschool coaches always preach benchpress and if you really squatted and pulled that much you’d be putting up at least 350 and your traps would be noticeably bigger.
btw, Marauder, I tried doing front squats (I’ve never done them seriously) after my pulls yesterday and it felt like the lower parts of my quads were going to blow up. Do you do them that heavy (looking at your profile pic) every week or do you sub them out for another exercise ?
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there’s a few things you can do to take stress off the knees when you front squat. first, be sure to keep the elbows high and the weight back against your neck. a common mistake people make is when they drive out of the hole, they first start the motion by lifting the hips and that then puts the weight in front of them. then, usually the elbows drop and all that weight is now centered over the knees. so, be sure to force the elbows high, keep a tight arch, keep your head back and as you drive out of the hole, lead with the head, then the chest and the rest of the body will follow.
secondly, take a wider stance and point your toes out some. as you initiate your decent force your knees out to the sides and keep pressure pushing out the entire time, then as you ascend REALLY force them out hard (do all the things above) and force your hips forward hard. the front squat can be very difficult for many people becauese the weight is always in front of you. with the back squat, you can keep the bar pretty much directly over the hips. with the front squat, that ain’t gonna happen. you have to use your core strength to maintain balance. i’ve also found that if you have thick shoulders and upper chest, the front squat is much more comfortable because the bar can basically rest behind the delts. i’ve done front squats with my hands out in front of me and the bar just sitting behind my delts. obviously that can take some time to develope the mass to do that:)
i’m in prince william county (bristow).
i rotate every other week between fronts and back squats to give my arms a break. i get really bad achey arms from low bar squatting.