The Difference Between Front & Back Barbell Squats

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Front and back barbell squats are different in a number of interesting ways. Learn about the difference between front and back barbell squats with help from a fitness professional in this free video clip.

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How are you doing, eHow? This is Ronald Kenyatta here with And today, I'm going to answer the question, "What's the difference between a front bell, barbell squat versus a back barbell squat?" Now, just to give you a little information on myself, I am a Strength and Conditioning Coach in Professional Baseball. I am Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist as well as a Performance Enhancement Specialist. Now, let's get back to the question. Now. for me, I'm looking it from a, from an injury standpoint. When you put this bar on your back, you're creating compression on the spine. So, when we do a back squat, I'm going to demonstrate both by the way, when we do the back squat, like I said, you're putting compression on the swine, spine; but, when you shift the weight forward, doing a front squat, you take that pressure off the spine. So, for me, it's strictly a, an injury-prevention thing. I'm going to demonstrate both so you can get an idea of what I'm talking about. So, let's get right into it. We'll start with the barbell squat and you're going to see, I'm going to have, literally have the weight on my back. Weight on your back, feet about shoulder width apart, looking straight ahead, chest up, weight on my heels, I drop down, back up. Alright. That's your standard, that's your standard back barbell squat. Now, I'm going to show you what a front squat looks like and you will see how, this, this is going to be obvious that my, I'm going to have the weight on the back. Now, you can do this different ways, I prefer that you'll see, put the weight, holding the weight in this position, but you have to have that flexibility in your wrists to do that as you will see. Now, I'm going to show you the front squat. Alright. The same technique, except the weights out, are in the front now. All I'm going to do is squat, back up. And there you have it folks, so, first we demonstrated the back squat with the barbell with the weight on your back. One again, that puts the compression on, the pressure on your spine. So, what we do with the front squat, move the weight to the front. Once again, when we use that technique, make sure you have that flexibility in your forearms. Hold the weight here, descend like a traditional squat and no longer do you have that pressure or putting the compression on the spine. So, there you have it folks, the answer to that question and that's all I have for today and I look forward to seeing you soon. Thanks again. Bu-bye!


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