The Front Squat— Exercise

Many of you probably have either heard of or performed the front squat. This particular exercise is great for the quads (isolation) & also helps because to keep your back straight and upright. What makes this particular exercise “harder” is because there is two variations of the hand placement (depending on your preference, either you will put more focus on the wrist or more focus on the traps) everyone is taught differently — but both ways work and get the job done and hit the quads. For those of you with weaker wrist , the trap hand placement would be best and for those of you who find the trap placement to be uncomfortable can give it a go with the wrist. I will show both ways down below

The first video is the placement used when putting pressure on the wrist and the second video is of the bar being placed on the traps 🙂

 

How To Perform The Front Squat?

 
  1. You will start with putting the bar on the appropriate rack for your height. These directions are for those who want to use the trap placement. Bring your arms under the bar, making sure to keep your elbows high, rest the bar on top of the deltoids, and cross your arms while grasping the bar (make sure to have control)
  2. Lift the weight off the rack
  3. Step away from the rack, using shoulder width stance (feet placement) – toes slightly pointed out. Maintain a straight back and keep your head up at ALL TIMES. (starting position)
  4. Lower the bar by bending the knees, continue until you are slightly less than 90 degrees. You will inhale during this portion of the lift. MAKE SURE: That your knees are not past your toes because otherwise it could cause stress on the knees. 
  5. Raise the bar (while exhaling) using your foot. 
  6. Repeat for recommended repetitions

If you have back issues or knee issues be sure to contact your medical doctor before attempting this exercise. If you are beginner, start with lower weight and gradually increase. 

 

What muscles are being worked:

 
  • Quads
  • Glutes
  • soleus
  • hamstrings
  • gastrocnemius 
  • anterior/lateral deltoids
  • upper/middle/lower back

& other muscles — basically a full body exercise. Hit everything. 

 

If you want to see a video of me performing the Front squat —- Front Squat

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Deadlifts — Tuesday– Cycle 2

Road To powerlifting

  • Conventional Deadlifts: 3 x 3

 

  • 70% of 90% of 1-RM: 180 lb
  • 80% of 90% of 1-RM: 210 lb
  • 90% of 90% of 1-RM: 235 lb, 5 max reps

 

  • Goodmorning: 5 x 15, 50 lb
  • Stiff legged DB deadlifts: 5 x 15, 60 lb
  • One arm kettlebell swing: 5 x 15, 12kg
  • Front Box jumps: 5 x 15

I had to had to add 10 lb to my 1RM total and then figure out the new 90% of it, so if you are comparing last week with this week (week two of last week) then you will notice a difference int the numbers, obviously with the increase, I am lifting higher weights. For those of you who are interested in seeing me lift these weights from today, check out my IG —— > FitnessWonderWoman

 

 

Rewind to Tuesday’s lifts

  • Conventional deadlift: 

 

  • 75% of 90% of 1-RM: 3 x 5, 190 lb
  • 85% of 90% of 1-RM: 3 x 3. 215 lb
  • 95% of 90% of 1-RM: 3 x 1, 240 lb 
  • 95% of true 1-RM: 3 x 1, 265 lb

 

  • EZ bar goodmorning: 5 x 5, 70 lb
  • Barbell glute bridges: 5 x 12, 95 lb
  • Smith machine glute kickback: 3 x 12, each leg, 45 lb
  • leg press calf raise: 5 x 12, 298 lb

when it got to my 265 lb lift, that is when things started to feel harder, but I was able to lift for 1 rep each time. I did the goodmornings for strength this time vs high volume. 

Week Two|Day Two|Powerlifting

Road To Powerlifting

  • Romanian Deadlift: 3 x 3

 

  • 70% 1-RM: 176.4 lb
  • 80% 1-RM: 201.6 lb
  • 90% 1-RM: 226.8 lb, for 3 max reps

 

  • Sumo Deadlift: 3 x 5
  1. 65% 1-RM: 131.6 lb
  2. 75% 1-RM: 151.8 lb
  3. 85% 1-RM: 172.1 lb, 5 max reps
  • EZ bar goodmornings: 5 x 15, 40 lb
  • Single leg kettlebell deadlifts: 5 x 12, each leg, 10 kg
  • Leg curls: 5 x 12, 60 lb

Last minute cardio session:

  • Manmakers: 4 rounds, 15 reps, 12.5 lb dumbbells
  • jump rope: 4 rounds, 45 seconds
 
 

 

Wednesday|Powerlifting|Cycle One|Deadlifts

  • Romanian Deadlift: 3 x 5
  1. 65% 1RM: 164 lb
  2. 75% 1RM: 190 lb
  3. 85% 1RM: 215 lb, for 6 max reps
  • EZ bar goodmornings: 5 x 12, 60 lb and 40 lb
  • Barbell glute bridges: 5 x 12, 115 lb
  • Hyperextension: 5 x 12, 25 lb
  • Leg curls: 5 x 12, 60 lb

Weigh in: 154.4 lb 

 

90% of my 1RM= 252 lb & this is what number I used to configure the above percentages and weights. 

Have You Ever Jumped For a Squat?

Jump Squats

It is all in the name of pain that one can do Jump squats — LOL.  I remember when back when I was a spring chicken and more athletic than I am now (year or so ago) I was doing 30/40/50 reps of jump squats (and compared to some athletes now, that is nothing) but I will tell you WHAT: They definitely made you sore during and afterwards. I still implement them but not as often as I should – which will probably change now that I have mentioned them. I consider this exercise a more intermediate but can be advanced if you add weights (barbell, kettlebells, dumbbells, etc) to the mix; we won’t go to that extreme for the sake of this blog post (face it, bodyweight is a challenge)

 

The important thing to remember is form during this exercise and how to explode UP when you jump ( I posted a video for your use) typically this exercise is used as a plyometric exercise but in the shadows people call it “fuck this.. I can only manage 5” LOL — I like to think we can all do at least 10.. but if you are like me.. 50 reps makes us feel like a superhero so we go all the way to 50 and regret it later but have ego points! haha LET THE JUMPS BEGIN!

 

Step to jump squat:

 
  1. Feet will be shoulder width apart, head up and back will need to be straight
  2. Squat down until your upper thighs or parallel or lower to the floor – also don’t forget to inhale
  3. Press down with the balls of your feet, and jump straight UP as high as possible. You Exhale during this portion of the movement
  4. After touching the floor again, immediately squat down and repeat the movement

If you are aware of proper squat form then this won’t be too difficult, however, if you are unsure of squat form, go back to the basics and learn that FIRST!  Obviously be aware of your injuries/conditions that could prohibit you from completing this movement, so talk to your medical professional FIRST before conquering this exercise. 

 

What muscles:

  • Core 
  • quads
  • hamstrings
  • glutes
  • lower back

This is one of those exercises, where it can be done practically anywhere and doesn’t need any equipment, but be sure you have ample space and head room for when you jump, I don’t want you to endure any avoidable injuries. Enjoy!

 

Fitness WonderWoman

Shay-lon

 

 

Saturday Afternoon leg day

Week Five|Day Five

I suppose today I got lucky, because I didn’t lose any strength in these quads and hammies 🙂

Workout:

Superset:

  • Barbell front squat: 3 x 8, 100 lb
  • DB goblet squat: 3 x 10-12, 25 lb

Superset:

  • Linear leg press (hamstring foot placement): 3 x 8, 388 lb 
  • Smith machine narrow stance squats: 3 x 10-12, 75 lb

Superset:

  • Seated calf raise: 3 x 8, 100 lb
  • DB plie squat: 3 x 10-12, 25 lb

Superset:

  • Seated DB curls: 3 x 8, 50 lb
  • Weighted Dips: 3 x 8, 15 lb – this was easy 🙂

Superset:

  • Leg extension: 3 x 8, 60 lb
  • Leg curls: 3 x 8, 60 lb

Superset:

  • Lying leg raises: 3 x 20 each leg
  • EZ bar goodmorning: 3 x 10-12, 40 lb

The last set of Front Squats, I was ready to walk away because it was starting to feel heavy! >.< but I made it! 

 

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon