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IainKendrickIconFront squats- harness and strap?26-12-2016 @ 21:32 
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Getting into some front squats atm as I recover from a back injury/niggle.

Anyway I am pretty naff at them and in the main due to dodgy bar position. Cannot do a clean grip and the arms crossed dosnt work that well.

Has anyone used a front squat harness before, and any comments on how well it worked? Aka metal thing with different pins to set for bar to rest on.

Have played using straps on the bar to hold. Never quite got the trick with them, but will play this week. Cheaper than a harness if it works Happy

Cheers in advance.
hifiloverIcon...26-12-2016 @ 21:50 
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You CAN do clean grip, just keep at it and the flexibility will come Wink

Plus I only use finger tips to control the bar... once it's sat across your clavicle, it should rest nicely Grin

Are you not able to drop the weights either? It's much easier to drop as it's on your front!
ironageIcon...26-12-2016 @ 21:58 
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If you have access to one ,try a safety squat bar the other way round,with the pad under your chin.I worked up to 180kg this way.
I now use the strap method as the bar rests' better on my clavicles.It took some getting use to but once you get it right it works if you wrap the straps tight around your hand and pull up and keep your elbows up.Now up to 150kg using this way
IainKendrickIcon...26-12-2016 @ 22:10 
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No don't have access to a safety bar. Would love to use one regularly dodgy back or not!

If I made it my lifes mission to do a clean grip I probably could, but I am not and I am uber inflexible in the shoulders.

Cheers for advice so far.
Wayne_CowdreyIcon...26-12-2016 @ 22:34 
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I find the crossed arms method holds the bar securely in place.

Maybe it's because I have meaty delts Wink

Get the bar close to your throat and push your elbows up.
FlooblerIcon...31-12-2016 @ 12:08 
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Recently started using crossed grip on fronties and really like it, feels really secure. Not had any experience using a harness but think it could potentially take away from the whole point of a front squat, i.e. it lets you pitch forwards more without losing the bar
CAJIcon...31-12-2016 @ 19:24 
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+1 for reverse facing safety bar method.

My proportions are such that crossed arm method means I can't breathe as it chokes me.
scruffmcbuffIcon...31-12-2016 @ 19:37 
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CAJ said:+1 for reverse facing safety bar method.

My proportions are such that crossed arm method means I can't breathe as it chokes me.


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IainKendrickIcon...31-12-2016 @ 23:08 
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I almost passed out last week. Managed to rack the bar before I 'took a knee'. Interesting feeling! Lol

Tried using straps on the bar. Didht end up great but maybe has some legs to it.
EvisIcon...04-01-2017 @ 22:38 
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Part of the point of front squatting is that you cant really push your hips back because then the bar will roll off your shoulders. It forces you to use your quads.

If the bar is too secure you can lean over more and "backsquat" it.

Im not a weightlifter, so I just frontsquat with my hands out in front of me. No risk of messing up my wrists and forces me to be very strict.
IainKendrickIcon...05-01-2017 @ 08:24 
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Evis said:Part of the point of front squatting is that you cant really push your hips back because then the bar will roll off your shoulders. It forces you to use your quads.

If the bar is too secure you can lean over more and "backsquat" it.

Im not a weightlifter, so I just frontsquat with my hands out in front of me. No risk of messing up my wrists and forces me to be very strict.


Cheers. That's a solid point.
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