CrossFit Discussion Board  

Go Back   CrossFit Discussion Board > CrossFit Forum > Exercises
CrossFit Home Forum Site Rules CrossFit FAQ Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Exercises Movements, technique & proper execution

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 02-12-2013, 05:25 PM   #11
Andrew Wiemken
Member Andrew Wiemken is offline
 
Andrew Wiemken's Avatar
 
Profile:
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Philadelphia  PA
Posts: 85
Re: Front Squat Form

Looks good...consciously externally rotate the arms, "elbows in" (as well as up) is a decent cue. Helps a lot in keeping the thorax extended. Keep working at it and it will largely sort itself out.
  Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2013, 02:58 PM   #12
Brett Valego
Member Brett Valego is offline
 
Brett Valego's Avatar
 
Profile:
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Chicopee  MA
Posts: 67
Re: Front Squat Form

pretty good. stop sticking your butt back as your first movement. push your knees apart and go straight down. when you push your butt back your torso leans forward. you want your torso as vertical as possible.
  Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2013, 04:14 PM   #13
John Holcombe
Member John Holcombe is offline
 
John Holcombe's Avatar
 
Profile:
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Folsom  CA
Posts: 1,058
Re: Front Squat Form

Quote:
Originally Posted by Matthew Vesey View Post
Made my upper back considerably stronger. my Front Squat has gone up 45 Pounds in the last 3 weeks due to a stronger upper back that no longer curves forward under heavy load. It has also translated well into my High Bar Back Squat.

I bought the Spud Inc straps from Rogue. I really like them. That being said, you can make your own straps for MUCH cheaper. There are a lot of websites that give tips on how to make them. You really just need to buy some cheap webbing and can make them in a variety of ways that work well. I find longer straps work better since they will give you more fabric to grip.
Interesting! So what benefits do those straps provide mainly? They force you to keep your elbows up obviously. Would there be any benefit for someone who already has good elbows-up position?
  Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2013, 06:25 PM   #14
Matthew Vesey
Member Matthew Vesey is offline
 
Matthew Vesey's Avatar
 
Profile:
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Ottawa  ON Canada
Posts: 640
Re: Front Squat Form

Quote:
Originally Posted by John Holcombe View Post
Interesting! So what benefits do those straps provide mainly? They force you to keep your elbows up obviously. Would there be any benefit for someone who already has good elbows-up position?
It also helps develop your upper back. It strengthens all of the muscles that cause you to surrender that awkward curve forward if the weight gets too heavy. It has done wonders for my front squats. My problem with front squats was never the leg strength, it was a disproportionately weak upper back. Switching to straps over the last little bit has boosted my squat significantly. Stronger upper back = not loosing the squat forward. Maintaining an upright position with high elbows is helping progression. The other nice thing is that if you switch back to front squats without straps (or cleans for that matter), they will be drastically improved.

-Matt
__________________
Age:24, Height: 5'10, Weight: 180, 5km Row: 17:15.3, 500m Row:1:23.6, BS: 440, DL:540, Press: 205:My Log(WFS)
  Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2013, 09:41 PM   #15
Om Puri
Member Om Puri is offline
 
Om Puri's Avatar
 
Profile:
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Vancouver  BC Canada
Posts: 235
Re: Front Squat Form

Quote:
Originally Posted by Matthew Vesey View Post
Here they are. Basically just attach them to the Bar. Grab the straps with a hammer fist and rotate upwards so that the bar is in a Front Rack position with the elbows nice and high. It will feel awkward at first but you will get used to it and it will make a world of difference.
(WFS):
Thanks, Matt. I finally got some straps and tried this. Didn't go heavy (5x10 @55%) but the straps seemed to help - kept me more upright. I recommend this to anyone who has upper-back rounding issues (kyphotic) during FS.
__________________
5'8" 165# 38 y.
  Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Back Squat, Front Squat, Push Press, Deadlift form critique help please? Daniel Frankel Digital Coaching 6 06-21-2011 09:47 AM
Form check help: Back Squat/Front Squat/Deadlift/Overhead Press Daniel Frankel Digital Coaching 28 03-31-2011 12:26 PM
Front squat form Collin Corrion Digital Coaching 8 03-02-2009 12:56 PM
Front Squat form check Paul Kudela Exercises 2 09-27-2008 06:39 PM
Front Squat Form Travis Loest Digital Coaching 8 11-25-2006 06:02 PM


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 03:51 PM.


CrossFit is a registered trademark of CrossFit Inc.