Front Squats

Front Squats – Martial Arts Strength Training

This page looks at the strength training exercise known as Front Squats. This exercise can improve leg strength and thus is used by some martial artists in order to develop stronger martial arts kicks.

Front squats are a variation of the barbell squat where the weight is placed on the front shoulders instead of the back. Because of the change in position, front squats place additional emphasis on the upper body (i.e. traps, lats and shoulders) when compared to barbell squats and thus most athletes use lighter weights.

All stretches and exercises should be supervised by a trained instructor in order to prevent injuries and to ensure the proper technique is utilized. For additional strength training exercises, please visit the main Physical Fitness section.

Instructional Video for a Front Squat

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