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How To Upgrade Your Front Squat | Form Check

The front squat is a core training staple that can build size and strength in your lower body—but are you sure you're even doing the exercise correctly? For this basic gym necessity, you shouldn't settle for anything other than perfect form—especially because it's such a simple, essential movement that should serve as one of the centerpieces of your training plan. Let Men's Health fitness director Ebenezer Samuel, C.S.C.S. and associate fitness editor Brett Williams guide you through the move's subtleties, saving you from the bad habits that are keeping you from unlocking your fitness potential. Before you shoulder up to your barbell and drop down as low as you can go, take note that it's extremely important to pay attention to the subtleties of the movement here, particularly if you're more accustomed to the back squat position. The front-facing grips you'll use can be tricky at first, and the position of the load is harder on your core than you might think—so be ready to start light until you've got the form down.
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