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Old 11-15-2010, 09:17 AM   #1
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Front squat form check, please

I'm doing CFSB and would like someone with a good eye to give me some feedback on my front squat. This workout was 3x5, last set with 150 pounds. Thanks in advance for any help.

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Set 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KM8PNH-GEg

Set 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8exuT5g_MY

Set 3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCZzE0p0xFk
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Old 11-15-2010, 04:56 PM   #2
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Re: Front squat form check, please

Only main thing i noticed was that your knees rotate in and wobble a bit as you push the weight up. This could cause a problem if you ever FS or Squat clean a great deal of weight.
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Old 11-19-2010, 06:28 PM   #3
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Re: Front squat form check, please

it's a little hard to tell without seeing your feet but it looks like you started the squat by sending your butt straight down. make sure you go back first then down
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Old 11-20-2010, 08:12 AM   #4
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Re: Front squat form check, please

Agree with the knees - they do come in right as you come out of the hole. Can't really tell what the root cause is because, as noted above, we can't see your feet.

One other thing is that it doesn't seem like you get real right before beginning your descent. Deep breath, big chest, get everything tight in between reps and it will help to keep things from being loose coming out of the bottom.
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Old 11-23-2010, 04:28 PM   #5
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Re: Front squat form check, please

Copied from other thread:

You do not sit back in a front squat, that is a CrossFit screw up in the way the squat is taught. It is impossible to sit back in a front squat as the bar must remain over the centre of your foot, the farther the hips back from the ankle, the more forward the torso with incline and you will drop the bar. Ideal front squat bottom is your hips on your ankles.

Most newbies have trouble air squatting properly so they are taught to sit back, when the ideal air squat has your butt on your ankles, weight on heels, vertical torso (as is a front squat).

What is dangerous to the knees in any squat is weight drifting forward onto the toes.

OP: Looks good overall, hard to tell if your weight is on your heels from the video, just focus on pushing your knees out as you hit the bottom and come up. Vert torso, Chest up, elbows up, knees out, drive from the heels.
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Re: Front squat form check, please

Thanks, gents, all good observations.
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