🏋️♂️Front barbell squats can be an excellent way to build strong quads but first, are they right for you? Below are 3 things to consider before you start...
1. Front barbell squats require more mobility than back barbell squats, but can be easier on the lower back. If you struggle with overall mobility you may want to start light when doing front squats or stick with back squats for now. On the flip side if you have lower back issues, consider the stress you're putting on your back by doing back squats.
2. What results are you looking for? Is your priority to work the muscles in the front of your body, such as your quads, or the rear of your body, such as your lower back. A general rule is back squats will work the back and front squats will work the front, but you'll work your glutes either way.
3. How much weight you can lift will change with front squats. When performing back barbell squats you may be accustomed to lifting a substantial amount of weight, but if you switch over to front barbell squats you will find you need to lessen the amount of weight you're lifting in order to perform the motions safely and effectively. This is why back squats can be good for honing power.
🏋️♀️At the end of the day, you gotta make the choice that's right for you, but if you want a well-rounded workout and your body can withstand it, doing both front and back squats is the way to go.
💥Bonus Tip: One of the biggest mistakes people make during front and back barbell squats is not rolling their shoulders back and down. This can cause you to lean forward and drop your chest which could spell disaster for either style squat.
🤔Do you have a preference of front or back barbell squats? DM, message, post...we're listening.👂