Are front squats less effective than back squats?

I personally think that the back squat is for show and the front squat is what will fuel your back squat the most. Your front squat max (when trained) will generally fall in the 80–85% range of your back squat. The more your front squat improves, so will your back squat.

Benefits of Front Squat

  • Because of thoracic extension, these engage your core in a way back squats (especially low bar back squats) will not.
  • Front squats are a much more athletic movement and will give you more explosive power and mobility than a back squat.
  • They also develop your back as you need a ton of back strength to support a weight high and across your neck/shoulders.
  • Your quads will get PUMMELED by front squats, while back squats are mainly glutes and hamstrings.

For more details on the front squat, check out this video I made below! It features my buddy who squats well over 500lbs. If you found this helpful, please support the channel by subscribing, thanks! :) (Subscribe here: Nathan Kim)


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