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    What is the differnece between "front" and "regular" squats? Can you lift more with one? Hit the musucles the same?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIASY View Post
    What is the differnece between "front" and "regular" squats? Can you lift more with one? Hit the musucles the same?
    Generally speaking front squats will place greater emphasis on your quads with how the weight is distributed on the front of your body.

    Both exercises will stimulate the same muscle groups, however front squats will generally place that greater degree of emphasis and load on your quads.

    As for the weight lifted, this will depend, but generally speaking you will see a lifter over-all squat more weight than a front squat.
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    front = bar is at the front
    regular = bar is on the back


    Technically speaking...of course.
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    Also, from my experience, front squats are hitting the core more.

    Also, back squats are able to be done much heavier, creating a greater hormonal response equaling more growth.
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    Adding weight by using a barbell or dumbbells of course makes the exercise harder, reducing the number of reps that you can do.
    You'd typically do this to increase upper leg strength by bulking the muscles.




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    In strength training, the squat is a compound, full body exercise that trains primarily the muscles of the thighs, hips and buttocks, quads (vastus lateralus medialis and intermedius), hamstrings, as well as strengthening the bones, ligaments and insertion of the tendons throughout the lower body. Squats are considered a vital exercise for increasing the strength and size of the legs and buttocks, as well as developing core strength. Isometrically, the lower back, the upper back, the abdominals, the trunk muscles, the costal muscles, and the shoulders and arms are all essential to the exercise and thus are trained when squatting with proper form

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrutiny View Post
    Generally speaking front squats will place greater emphasis on your quads with how the weight is distributed on the front of your body.

    Both exercises will stimulate the same muscle groups, however front squats will generally place that greater degree of emphasis and load on your quads.

    As for the weight lifted, this will depend, but generally speaking you will see a lifter over-all squat more weight than a front squat.
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    front squats def enable the core more... than the regular.. i prefer to do both.. about half sets on each... like 2 and 2 to equal 4 sets of squats...

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    If you have done both, you would answer this question. Front squats are alot more core stability and as people have mentioned more quad involvement. I find personally I can align better and get deeper in a front however perform both.

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    Because of the alinement of the body I think better depth can be reached in the front squat. With the back squat you have to lean forward and that makes the hips hinge differently.
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    The front squat places more focus on your anterior chain of muscles while the regular squat places more emphasis on the posterior chain of muscles. It's easier to squat deeper with a regular squat, although a front squat is a great alternative to place less stress on your lower back.
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    I think first this should be done without the weights and then gradually add and increase weight. Thats how i do it. I can now do with 5 kgs.

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    Like people have said, front squats are heavy on the quads while back squats are heavy on overal ham, quads and butt. KEEP in mind if your squat form is trash you will feel back squats in your knees and quads as if you had the load out front. If you going to pick from the two I would go for mastering the back squat and key in on proper depth and form so your are activating the correct muscles. Once that is good to go start adding in the others. Your legs will grow without doing front squats don't worry!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fatboyjay View Post
    Because of the alinement of the body I think better depth can be reached in the front squat. With the back squat you have to lean forward and that makes the hips hinge differently.

    Definitely this.

    I find it much easier to really sit back and get great depth in a front squat, I assume because the weight acts more as a counter balance than it does when it's on your back.
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    Great question, do both for optimum results.

 

 

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