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Old 03-14-2007, 08:29 AM   #1
Daniel Miller
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Is there a general expected carry over between the Front Squat to back squat?

If you lift X (lbs) for Y-reps in the Front squat would it then be something like X+M (lbs) in the back squat? solve for m.

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Old 03-14-2007, 01:56 PM   #2
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If you train both lifts regularly, your front squat should be about 80% of your back squat. However, if you train one a lot more than the other, this may not be the case. If you are just starting to front squat, but are already proficient at back squatting, for example, you will probably be able to lift only half what you back squat.
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Old 03-15-2007, 05:30 AM   #3
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I would second what Samantha says.
Also depends on your style of BS. High Bar Oly style BS will have more carry over to FS than a low bar powerlifting style.
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Old 03-15-2007, 06:02 AM   #4
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I'll completely echo what Ger has written.

I'm an old school powerlifter who flirted with 700lb back squats for years until my knees and desire left me.

I can regularly do sets of 10 to 15 with 405 for traditional wide power squats. I refuse to go any heavier as I do not wear any supportive equipment. However, my personal best in the front squat is 315x5. I could probably go a little heavier, but I have no desire at this stage.

I have also found that I can't do a lot of reps with front squats. When the weight gets over 225 for me, I'm pretty much limited to 5 reps because my form breaks down. At this stage in my life, I don't want to sacrifice proper technique for anything.

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Old 03-15-2007, 06:59 AM   #5
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Cool, those are some helpful comments.

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Old 03-15-2007, 10:56 AM   #6
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As an untrained lifter who has only been working on the squat and oly lifts for about 6 months my numbers are a little closer together. My sorta max back squat is 215 and the same for front is 185. I am focusing on strength and mass right now and am looking forward growing both together rapidly.
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Old 03-15-2007, 02:05 PM   #7
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Dan,

I think there's some decent carryover. I hadn't front squatted for months until Tuesday night. I was doing doubles after some OHS. With a little extrapolation, it looks like my FS came in around 75-80% of my back squat 1RM.
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