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Sean Manseau 02-19-2007 07:55 PM

should your front squat 1RM equal your back squat 1RM, and if not, why?

in a related question, if i have the concrete goal of clean and jerking 100k, should i concentrate on the front squat on my squat days, or alternate front and back?

Keith Wittenstein 02-19-2007 08:43 PM

Interesting question, Dammit.

First, NO, your front squat should be less than your back squat. The FS is a harder lift to perform because loading the bar on the front of the chest and shoulders means you can't get the same leverage on it like with a back squat. The mechanics of the two lifts are quite different. Read Rippetoe's Starting Strength for more details.

Second, that depends on your current C&J and your current max squat. The back squat is great for developing pure strength. Definitely keep working your back squat. I'm sure you can backsquat 100k, but you should probably be back squating at least 150k or more if you want to c&j 100k. Similarly you should be deadlifting far more than 150k. Finally, you should be front squating a lot more than 100k.

Basically, if you want to be able to clean and jerk 100k you have to have very high numbers in the other lifts and then you have to have a really good clean and jerk.

I'd be happy to work with you on reaching this goad. Should be fun.


Bradford Green 02-19-2007 09:35 PM

Just to play a little devil's advocate, Keith, I will throw in there that my max clean is about equal to my max front squat. However, if you're front squatting alot more than 100k it will only make things easier... I agree though, definitely squat often both back and front. Good luck Sean


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