Myth: Back squats are better than front squats for gaining mass.

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  1. Oh its me 20

    Oh its me 20 New Member

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    I fit the description he gave... real long legs and short torso. Full back squats never feel natural or comfortable. Front squats feel extremely natural, so I mostly do front squats :dunno:
     
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    front squats feel far more natural for me too
     
  4. JeremyD

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    Fuck that. I hate front squats.
     
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    hrmm I will try out front squats
     
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    Actually, I can see the possibilty. Front squats force a deep, quad dominant movement. If you learn to back squat properly, you can achieve the same type of movement patter, and there's far less of a learning curve IMO.
     
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    i have poor mobility and struggle with back squats like crazy.

    I tried some front squats the other day, and though my wrists felt like they snapped off, the motion was far easier
     
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    Ive done low box squats for 2 months now, I dont even do regular squats anymore.
     
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    I can do a total full squat, but imagine if your legs were longer and your torso was shorter... If I bend all the way over so that my hips are totally closed, my shoulder actually touches on my femur below my knee. Like the author of that article said, that forces me to goodmorning the weight up otherwise I'd fall backwards, or have to push my knees way past my toes for the majority of the movement.

    In the same sense I think it helps me deadlift more. People with short legs always have to seem close squat and deadlift numbers whereas with taller people (from what I've read in logs) have a big difference in numbers between the two.
     
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    Holding the bar is the hardest part of front squats for me. :hs:
     
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    try the clean grip... feels so dope :bowdown: it hurt my wrists a bit at first but i got used to it, I don't even notice anymore.
     
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    I do front squats nearly every time now. It's much easier on my back and feels like more of a natural movement.

    I never go heavy though. Generally I never go over 225lbs and will often super-set them with lunges.
     
  13. erok81

    erok81 All your canyons are belong to me!!

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    I have long legs and short torso. Both types feel about the same for me. I can hit low depth about the same on each. :dunno:
     
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    I was actually expecting a much different response from my post.

    I assumed the general consensus would be that back squats are better because they allow you to use more weight, and thus promote hypertrophy. I am considering replacing back squats with front squats moving forward.
     
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    fsquats ftw.
     
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    Balzz N54 Elitist OT Supporter

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    Anything feels easy when you only do one plate. :p
     
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    I like both.
     
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    front squats dont bug my achey joints as much as back squats, so I prefer them.
     
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    I stopped doing back squats awhile ago, front squats feel way better to me and I can go a2g without feeling awkward.
     
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    i guess the main reason for me to do backsquats is that you can do way more reps. if its one of those days where youre wanting to do some lighter weight for high reps its almost impossible to do front squats for them because you cant breathe or other shits tired way before your legs are.
     
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    I'm really liking front squats and box squats. I think I'm going to do those for a ~2-3months.
     
  22. Frank Dux

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    I feel front squats def hit your quads more than back, but the advantage of the back squat is that you hit nearly everything. Plus, it's a bad ass feeling to load up a lot of weight on back squat and do it. I enjoy and do both.
     
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    I have long femurs and with front squats I can get to the same depth as back squats (if not a little deeper) and be very upright. With back squats, when I go deep my torso leans forward very far to keep me balanced.
     
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    Zercher squats anyone?
     
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    wut
     
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