Insanely out of breath during front squats

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    KetchupKing New Member

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    Its mostly high rep front squats, but this out-of-breath business is killing me. Even when I'm paying lots of attention to breathing and taking plently of air down, and letting it out up., I get winded by the time the 8th to 10th rep rolls around.

    I don't normally do front squats nor high reps, but its something I probably need to get up to par before I suck even more at it. I'm front squatting less than half of what I can back squat, so I don't think its a weight issue.

    How do you guys handle being winded? Do I have to train cardio too, or is the solution just to keep banging it out until it gets better?
     
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    Try switching up your grip and see if it helps? I prefer cross grip myself.
     
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    do cardio. you shouldnt be that out of shape.
     
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    i would venture to guess that you should check your form/bar position. front squats have a unique movement and you might be physically constraining your lung space by putting too much pressure on the wrong part of the chest inadvertently with either the bar or your arm position.
     
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    lower the reps. why are you doing high reps?
     
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    I'm doing the 2/3-finger method until I get better wrist flexibility. Hands just outside shoulders with elbows high high up. Bar rests on my shoulders by the base of my neck. From everything I've read, this is the correct form.

    My shoulders sometimes end up slipping on the drive up if I use cross grip. I find the traditional snatch grip give me better stability. I'll try doing crossgrip next time and see if there's any improvement, but I don't remember any major differences last time I did it (but that's a long while ago.)
     
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    I'm revisiting the push/pull weight/rep 4-day split and I'm really liking it so far. It's probably the program that's consistently given me the best results overall.
     
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    wouldnt worry about it. youll build endurance over time
     
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