Front Squats vs Back Squats

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  1. Big country

    Big country New Member

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    When I do heavy back squats, I have trouble keeping my lower back straight, and I get some back pain. With front squats, I'm forced to keep my back straight so that I wont lose the bar, so I never get any back pain. As a result, I've been thinking about switching permanently from back squats to front squats. At the very least, I'm not going to do back squats anymore until I get a lot more flexibility in my hips, glutes, and hamstrings.

    Are front squats as good as back squats in terms of building total body strength? I have to reduce the weight by about 60% when I move from back squats to front squats, but I still feel like I get a good workout.
     
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    C4 OT OG Aussie #1

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

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    I have no idea how people find it easier to have an arch in their lower back with front squats. Even though I'm using light weight on front squats I still can't keep my lower back arched to save my life.
     
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    Strange, because when doing "full" [A2G] squats I lose my arch more easily with back squats but keep it with front.
     
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    what i've heard:

    you can increase your front squat by solely doing back squats
    but you dont necessarily increase your back squat by doing front squats solely
     
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    I haven't found this to be true.
     
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