Growing Strong One Squat at a Time


If you walk into any gym at any time during the day, you will find at least one person doing squats. This is because squats are considered to be an essential part of any gym routine. They help to tone your glutes and overall leg muscles and lead to better-looking legs. If you happen to do weightlifting in your exercise routine, then you are probably already familiar with barbell squats, and this includes both back squats and front squats.

Back squats involve you having to place the barbell on your back between your shoulders. This is the simpler way to learn how to squat with a barbell since your body is able to find a stable center of gravity fairly easily when the bar is in that position. However, when it comes to the front squat, things tend to become trickier because you are holding the barbell up to your chest with the help of your hands. It is definitely a lot trickier for the body to find a proper center of gravity in this position. You are required to keep your torso as perfectly vertical as you can in order to make sure that the barbell remains stabilized.

Your quads will be the dominant muscle group that will be involved whenever you are doing a front squat. More specifically, your glutes and quads will be the most engaged, whereas your hamstring will actually be less engaged since a front squat requires you to put most of the pressure on your hips. So, if you are tired of normal squats and want to include barbells into your squats, you can go for either a front or a back squat. A front squat is great for your glutes and will help remove any strain from your back, and a back squat is great for your hamstring and is recommended if you are not good at stabilizing yourself yet.

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