The Front Squat

In the video below we see osteopath Heath Williams of Principle Four Osteopathy demonstrating a front squat. In this video you will see that he has crossed his arms across his AC joints and is resting the bar across his shoulders.  The main reason this technique is often adopted is because individuals with shoulder or wrist joint restrictions are not able to rack the bar.

The front squat is a great exercise to perform because it trains the lower body whilst maintaining a solid upright trunk position.  The front squat will generally place more training load through the quadricep muscles compared to a back squat.

Tips To Performing This Movement

  • Rack the bar safely across the shoulders.
  • Maintain parallel arms to the floor throughout the exercises (elbows up)
  • Maintain and upright trunk and neutral head position.
  • Work to a range of motion that is safe and does not compromise the back (in this video you will see this is just below 90 degrees parallel for myself.  Any deeper and my lower back will round).
  • Keep the torso/abs tight.
  • Keep the knees out and open up through the hips.

This blog was written by osteopath Heath Williams of Principle Four Osteopathy.

Principle Four Osteopathy

Principle Four Osteopathy is one of Melbourne City CBD leading Osteopathy clinics. At the clinic we treat a wide range of clients, ranging from the office worker, exercise enthusiast to athlete. We have 3 experienced osteopaths working across both of the clinics.

The Melbourne City CBD clinic is located at 29 Somerset Place (basement), close to the corner of Elizabeth St and Little Bourke in the Melbourne City CBD. Our premises adjoin the Jon Weller Personal Training Studio, a fully-equipped training space which allows clients to combine their osteopathy treatment with exercise tutorials or specific training programs and rehabilitation.

The Docklands clinic is located at 717 Bourke St (Ground Floor), beneath the Channel 9 building near the walkway from Southern Cross Train Station to Etihad Stadium. Our premises adjoin Pilates on Bourke, a fully-equipped pilates and yoga training space which allows clients to combine their osteopathy treatment with exercise tutorials, pilates or specific training programs and rehabilitation.

To speak to an Osteopath or book an appointment at Principle Four Osteopathy, please book online or call 03 9670 9290.

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