We're returning to where we left off last week. The last time we talked about squatting we discussed loading your squat or going deeper into the squat. This week we'll take a look at the front and back squat. We'll start with the back squat.
Muscle activation studies comparing the front and back squat don't show a huge variation between the two with the exception of your low back muscles. The front squat shows higher activation of your low back muscles. In theory, this is because the load is pulling you forward where the load during a back squat is directed down the spine. Of course, it's all dependent on form.
I've given a couple tips on form for the back squat and we'll take a look at the front squat tomorrow. If you have difficulty staying tall through your torso, the front squat may be a good alternative.
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