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Discussion in 'Strength & Conditioning Discussion' started by Ivica Truscek, Aug 21, 2010.

  1. Ivica Truscek

    Ivica Truscek Orange Belt Professional Fighter

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    After giving up on back squats, front squats are my main lift.
    Any corrections and suggestions are greatly appreciated.
    This is my new 1 rep max, not too hard, will improve next week.
    Btw, what is a good front squat max for a 165 lb guy like myself?
     
  2. koef

    koef White Belt

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    Giving up on backsquats? They cannot be replaced
     
  3. Eric Brown

    Eric Brown Crusty old bastard

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    Cannot tell for sure from the vid, but looks like your rack could be a little tighter (i.e., keep the elbows high throughout the lift).

    Why would you give up on back squats? I am a middle-aged guy well on his way to total gimp status and I still back squat.

    As to what is a good one rep max, the simple answer is more than you lifted for your last max. For a long term goal, shoot for double bodyweight. However, never sacrifice proper technique to do this.
     
  4. Ivica Truscek

    Ivica Truscek Orange Belt Professional Fighter

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    If they hurt more than they help, Im better off without them.
     
  5. Ivica Truscek

    Ivica Truscek Orange Belt Professional Fighter

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    I will try it, but I felt really good holding the bar like that.

    I made a thread about it a few weeks ago. Basically if I do full ATG squats my back rounds and hurts, and if I do parallel squats, my knees hurt. So I decided not to do them until Im flexible enough to do ATG without rounding the lower back.
    Plus, however I do back squats, I often have some lower back pain, like I have a pinched nerve or something.
    With front squats I dont have any problems.

    I hope to double my BW in a few months, I know I can do more than this (130kg).
     
  6. Eric Brown

    Eric Brown Crusty old bastard

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    The tighter your rack, the less likely you are to dump the bar when the weight gets really heavy. I say this as someone who has dropped a metric assload of weight.



    Hopefully you are working on getting your back issue resolved.
     
  7. ShadowNINku

    ShadowNINku SANDBAGGER BELT

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    your form looks pretty solid, I may be wrong though
     
  8. glennpendlay

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    You are right. He's doing fine.
     
  9. TheSecondRush

    TheSecondRush White Belt

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    Your form looks fine, I honestly think that front squats are better to get used to before you do backsquats. I neglected my lower body up until this last summer. I went from a 225 BS max to a 350ish max by doing 3 by 5 FS and a max out BS. Keep doing front squats and eventually try to get back into back squats.
    To answer what a good max for front squat mine is approximately 285 (255 for 8 reps) I weigh 190 and its decent. I'm in high school though.
     

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