Wednesday, December 3, 2008 by Daniel

7x1 Front Squats

Apparently we're taking it easy this week, which, you know, I can get behind.

1-1-1-1-1-1-1 Front Squat

135-145-145-145-145-145-145

This is only 10# heavier than the 5x5 front squats we did on October 18, but my limiting factor here isn't strength, but rather technique. I can go down pretty well, but getting out the hole is where I get in trouble. My back cantilevers forward slightly, putting much more strain on my wrists and lower back. I spent most of tonight trying to address that, and 145 was pretty much the limit of where I could safely work that spot.

I think it's a flexibility issue. My back just isn't very flexible, and I have great difficulty keeping it arched at the bottom of my squat. This makes front squats and overhead squats very hard, so it's an important thing to work on. I think I need to do more third-world-squats when I get the opportunity, to try and push that flexibility limit.

2 comments:

Evelyn Rodas said...

I love that: third-world squats. It really paints a picture. Try doing the squats facing a wall too--w/ arms overhead for added difficulty.

Jenn said...

For real authenticity, try eating a bowl of noodles while you hold the squat. ;)

I've found that holding at the bottom of the squat with a light weight (like just the bar) helps immensely with flexibility.

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