Are front squats a key part of your leg training routine? If I had to take a guess I would say probably not. A majority of gym goers dislike training legs in the first place and when they do you can pretty much predict the exercises they include in their routine. Back squats, leg extensions, leg curls and some calf raises. Sorry to burst your bubble but you aren’t going to build a herculean lower-body sticking with that routine. A good start would be to begin incorporating front squats into your leg days. While back squats are great, most of the emphasis is put on the glutes and hamstrings which won’t due your quads any good. Unlike back squats, front squats challenge the body by placing the barbel in front, resting on your shoulders. Through pulling the body forward and increasing flexion at the knee as the lifter begins to squat, front squats place an emphasis on the quads as appose to the glutes. Not to mention that they force the lower-back to remain upright and prevent your torso from falling forward.
In an effort to stress the importance of front squats, Bradley Martyn put together a video informing people on the benefits of front squats as well as a breakdown of the form. Check out the video below and see why you need to be doing front squats!
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