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Exploring the Front Squat

Bird, Stephen P. PhD, CSCS1; Casey, Sean BSKin, BSNutr, CSCS2

Strength & Conditioning Journal: April 2012 - Volume 34 - Issue 2 - p 27–33
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e3182441b7d
Article

SUMMARY: THIS ARTICLE EXPLORES THE “FRONT SQUAT” (FSQ) AND ITS VARIATIONS AS PART OF THE “BIG THREE” (DEADLIFT, POWER CLEAN, AND SQUAT) EXERCISES PRESCRIBED BY STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACHES TO DEVELOP TOTAL BODY STRENGTH, TARGETING THE HIP EXTENSORS (GLUTEUS MAXIMUS), KNEE EXTENSORS (QUADRICEPS), KNEE FLEXORS (HAMSTRINGS), AND CORE MUSCULATURE (ERECTOR SPINAE, QUADRATUS LUMBORUM, OBLIQUES, RECTUS, AND TRANSVERSE ABDOMINIS). MORE SPECIFICALLY, THE PURPOSE OF THIS ARTICLE IS TO INTRODUCE STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACHES TO THE FSq TEACHING PROGRESSION, WITH SPECIFIC EMPHASIS ON DEVELOPING THE CORRECT BODY POSITIONING REQUIRED FOR EXECUTION OF THE FSQ.

1Exercise and Sports Science Laboratories, School of Human Movement Studies, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia

2CasePerformance, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Stephen P. Bird is a senior lecturer in the School of Human Movement Studies, Charles Sturt University and Coordinator of the Western Region Academy of Sport Strength and Conditioning Internship Program.

Sean Casey is the president of CasePerformance.

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