Front Squats

 Rating: 4.0/5.0
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 4:20pm filed under Thighs

Calories Burned:  476 calories per hour   (based on a body weight of 150 lbs.)
Primary Muscles Trained:  Quadriceps
Secondary Muscles Trained:  Gluteus Maximus
Instructions: 
Cross your arms shoulder to shoulder keeping them parallel to the ground.
 
Position your body in the squat rack so that the bar rests on your shoulders in front of your neck and then lay your hands over the bar.
 
Straighten your legs to lift the bar and take one step back; be sure to keep your elbows up throughout the movement.
 
Stand with your feet about shoulder width apart with your toes pointing forward at their natural angle and a little bend in your knees.
 
Maintain the natural curve of your spine by tensing your abdominal and lower back muscles. Keep your head up, looking forward, throughout the exercise.
 
Squat down until your thighs are slightly below parallel to the floor, being sure to keep your torso fixed in the most erect position possible throughout the movement and your knees moving out in the same direction as your feet.
 
Reverse the movement and return to the starting position.
 
The entire motion should be done in a smooth, controlled manner that lasts about 4 seconds, with the downward movement no faster than the upward.
 
Do not bounce at the bottom of the movement and never lock your knees at the top. 

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