Front squats to replace back squats?

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  1. disblohs

    disblohs I can't shake this little feeling I'll never get a

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    I fucked up my back/connected to my ass area awhile ago and whenever I do back squats it gets aggravated. However, front squats don't seem to bother it nearly as much, if at all.

    I'm thinking about substituting front squats into my routine for an extended period of time to hopefully aid in recovery. Are there other excercises that I should supplement in since I'm not going to be doing back squats?

    I remember Ceaze saying that front squats are an overall better exercise for non-powerlifters. Can you provide more info on that Ceaze? And anyone else that has thoughts are welcome to comment.
     
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    the bar resting on my shoulder really pumps me up b/c it hurts like hell but at the same time i'm trying to finish it as quickly as possible.
     
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    i did strictly front squats for about 8 months. now i started doing regular squats as my primary leg exercise and then do front squats at the end
     
  4. disblohs

    disblohs I can't shake this little feeling I'll never get a

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    Did your leg development progress much? What about your numbers for your back squat? Did your numbers drop on back squats significantly or did they increase because of the front squat work?
     
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    Didn't some strength trainer on a t-nation article say he completely replaced back squats with front squats for his athletes?

    I don't remember which article is was anymore.

    EDIT: 9000 posts :noes:
     
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    i like front squats more than back. i just do fronts after back
     
  7. disblohs

    disblohs I can't shake this little feeling I'll never get a

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    ideally, that's what i'd like to do, but as i explained it doesn't seem like the best option.
     
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    yeah, and when i went back to regular squats my numbers were a bit low but climbed again quickly. i've been doing primarily regular squats for only the past month and i just hit a PR of 300 today
     
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    kit99bar USPA Class 2, weak, old man!

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    exact same thing happened to me doing deep back squats. My lower back curved and hurt. I can go a2g front squats with zero back problems and pain. Front squats will make your quads bigger but you might lose some hip/glut strength from not doing wide stance squats. just what I noticed.

     
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    I like to use front squats on my light squat day and back squats on my heavy squat day.

    I found this to work for me better when squatting 2 or more times a week.
     
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    disblohs I can't shake this little feeling I'll never get a

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    Yeah, I think I'll do pullthroughs and GHRs along with DB lunges and other single leg exercises for my hamstrings and glutes to make up for it. It seems weird to me that front squats wouldn't hurt my lower back though just because it seems like it's putting a larger moment arm in effect than back squats. I guess directly loading just affects it more :dunno:
     
  12. disblohs

    disblohs I can't shake this little feeling I'll never get a

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    Christophers, Bigdamray, Noquarter, Ceaze, Timberwolf, Maine, Cavefish, etc. Ideas?
     
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    i don't see why you'd squat over 2x a week.
     
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    Works fine for me to squat 3 times a week sometimes.

    Usually I stick to 2 times a week though. Typically the third squatting workout has been overhead squats but I used to do a heavy, light, and medium squat day when I was doing "full body" workouts. The light squats were also interchanged with step ups, lunges, or single leg squats on occassion.
     
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    LancerV Something Happened OT Supporter

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    Most people should add in a single leg workout over worrying about front/back squats
     
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    kit99bar USPA Class 2, weak, old man!

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    It's because your back has to be straight for front squats. It will never bend at all or the weight will fall down.

     
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    he might want a good squat
     
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    the abs takeover alot more of the load once the weight in on the front side of the body and deloads your lowerback.
     
  19. disblohs

    disblohs I can't shake this little feeling I'll never get a

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    Ahh, that makes sense. So do you see any problem in switching?
     
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    well since back squats are fucking up your spine id probably quit doing them.
     
  21. disblohs

    disblohs I can't shake this little feeling I'll never get a

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    :rofl: Any other exercises you think I should make sure to include since I won't be doing back squats?
     
  22. y1997

    y1997 Made in the U.S.S.R.

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    Front squats dont hurt if you rest the bar on you delts. That is if you have delts to start out with...
     
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    goodmornings :cool:

    but really anything you can do for your hamstrings,glutes that wont make your spine hurt, pull throughs, lunges, hypers, reverse hypers, ghr, id guess deadlifts would hurt so you probably cant do RDL or anything.
     
  24. Mike McDermott

    Mike McDermott It's evolution, baby. OT Supporter

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    front squats > back squats
     
  25. Genghis.Tron

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    Single leg exercises will be better for your back too. You can do single leg split squat with DB in addition to doing front squats. Or do belt squats.

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