The back squat…the movement that makes champions in strength sports. Who cares how much you bench when you can walk out 500+lbs and squat it butt to floor? It’s the king of all exercises, second to none. My personal favorite, it was the best of my “big 3” in powerlifting. The only exercise that can have me almost throwing up 10 minutes into my leg workout. Doing it for so long, back squatting heavy gave me big legs for a young buck like me, giving me the name “Quadzilla” at the gym at which I train. But I can’t give all the credit to the back squat. Front squatting heavy is a secret of mine that I integrated when I made the switch over to bodybuilding. It’s one movement that love to hate or hate to love. The movement is different from a back squat in that the prime mover is quad-intensive-- but there are similarities:
- Still can be used as a “power” movement in your routine, giving you the option to go relatively heavy to tear those quads up.
- Working on driving your knees out is essential in both movements! Don’t forget about that abductor machine.
- You still have to focus on your core, keeping your lats tight and your chest up and your breathing technique as you would as a back squat. Note that keeping your chest up is crucial because once that chest drops, the weight drops.
- The range of motion is the same, or even better than a back squat because one can go lower without as much lower back pressure.