The Barbell Front Squat

When it comes to squat variations, my strong suit is the front squat due to having strong quad muscles — in the video I demonstrate the front squat from the back side view, doing 135 lbs on the barbell & making sure to hit the 90 degree angle on the way down and bringing the weight back up evenly against my traps.

Now this video might not show close up insight or a step by step direction — but you see the squat form and the depth I am doing in order to hit full ROM (range of motion). If you are new to this exercise or any form of exercise, be sure to start off with lighter loads to work on technique/form.

Muscles utilized:

Quadriceps
glutes
adductor magnus
soleus
hamstrings
gastrocnemius
erector spinane
anterior/lateral delts
suprapinatus
rhomboids
upper/middle/lower back
Benefits of the exercise
Improves core strength
glute activitation

Benefits of the exercise
  • Improves core strength 
  • glute activitation
  • huge quad development
  • possible decrease in lumbar and knee stress
  • increase my power clean
  • Total body mobility and stability
  • Total body strength gains 
  • Increased muscle mass

P.S I posted the video on my social media ShayFitnessWonderWoman

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Thick Tuesday — leg day

Warm up:

  • Leg press: 4 x 25, 60 lbs
  • Box step ups: 4 x 25
  • Kettlebell swings: 4 x 25, 8kg
Workout:
  • Sumo deadlift: 4 x 6-8 (60%) 175 lbs
  • sumo deadlift: 3 x 6-8 (65%) 190 lbs
  • Barbell back squat: 4 x 6-8 (60%) 135 lbs
  • Barbell back squat: 3 x 6-8 (65%) 145 lbs
Superset:
  • Barbell overhead squat: 5 x 8-10, 75 lbs
  • Lateral band walks: 5 x whole track, red band
Superset:
  • DB plie squats: 5 x 8-10, 50 lbs
  • Ketttlebell goblet squats: 5 x 8-10., 16 kg

Sore legs

Tuesday

Warm up:

  • kettlebell stiff legged deadlift: 4 x 25, 12 lbs
  • standing hip abduction: 4 x 25, 30 lbs
  • kettlebell swings: 4 x 25, 12 lbs

Workout:

  • Sumo deadlift: 3 x 190 lbs, 3 x 195 lbs (6 reps)
  • Barbell back squat: 3 x 145 lbs, 3 x 155 lbs (6 reps)
  • Barbell front squat: 4 x 8-10, 105 lbs 

Superset:

  • Linear leg press (narrow stance) 4 x 8-10, 298 lbs
  • Linear leg press (wide stance) 4 x 8-10, 298 lbs

Superset:

  • Smith machine lunges: 4 x 8-10, 75 lbs
  • EZ bar goodmorning: 4 x 8-10, 50 lbs

Superset:

  • Seated leg extension (single leg) 4 x 8-10 each leg, 20 lbs
  • Seated leg extension: 4 x 8-10, 80 lbs

Heavy never felt so good

Warm Up:

  • Seated leg curl: 4 x 25, 20 lbs
  • Kettlebell lateral lunges: 4 x 25, 4kg
  • Single leg butt lifts: 4 x 25

Workout:

  • Sumo deadlift: 6 x 2-3 (90%) 260 lbs
  • Barbell back squat: 6 x 2-3 (90%) 200 lbs

This was all I had done today because I had to get home in time to have a nap, meal prep and get around for an online Webinar (which I ended up waking up late for – only got a glimpse of 30 minutes of it) so hopefully it still counts towards my CEC’s lol. 

P.S I did a two a day today and came in to lift with a friend  — working on triceps 

Leg day 10.16 18

Warm up:

  • Kettlebell stiff legged deadlift: 4 x 25, 4kg
  • Kettlebell swings: 4 x 25, 4kg
  • Clamshell with band: 4 x 25 each leg, red band

Workout:

  • Conventional deadlift: 6 x 5-6 @ 65% 1RM — 200 lbs
  • Barbell back squat: 6 x 5-6 @ 65% 1RM — 145 lbs
  • Front Squats: 5 x 8-10, 105 lbs

Superset:

  • Smith machine vertical leg press: 5 x 8-10, 205 lbs
  • seated leg curl: 5 x 8-10, 50 lbs

Tri-set:

  • Kettlebell plie squats: 5 x 8-10, 12 kg
  • EZ bar hip thruster: 5 x 8-10, 70 lbs
  • EZ bar overhead lunges: 5 x 8-10 (first time doing this exercise) 30 lbs but probably could have went higher.
  • Seated leg extension: Dropset
  • 80 lbs, 8-10 reps
  • 70 lbs, 8-10 reps
  • 60 lbs, 8-10 reps
  • 50 lbs, 8-10 reps
  • 40 lbs, 8-10 reps
  • 30 lbs, 8-10 reps
  • 20 lbs, 8-10 reps

No rest during this dropset. 

Dynamic speed leg day

Oh the thrills of having to start light again and work my way up to heavier weights. I did good speed work on the Sumo deadlift today, but squats were shaking somewhat. Hopefully, that’s just a sign they are getting used to the weights again. Considering it was low weight today,  it somewhat would worry me if I had a hard time lifting today. Still waiting for muscle memory to kick into overload. 

Warm up:

  • Hip adduction machine: 4 x 25, 50 lbs
  • resistance band body weight squats: 4 x 25, red band
  • kneeling hip flexor: 4 x 25

Workout:

  • Sumo deadlift: 3 x 8, 175 lbs
  • Sumo deadlift: 3 x 6, 205 lbs
  • Barbell back squat: 3 x 8, 135 lbs
  • barbell back squat: 3 x 6, 160 lbs

Superset:

  • Linear leg press (hamstring focus): 3 x 10, 298 lbs
  • Kettlebell plie squats: 3 x 10, 12kg

Tri-sets:

  • Smith machine narrow stance squats: 3 x 10, 115 lbs
  • DB stiff legged deadlift: 3 x 10, 50 lbs
  • resistance band lateral leg raises: 3 x 10 each leg, green band

Tuesday’s workout

Warm up:

 
  • plie squats: 4 x 25, 15 lbs
  • kettlebell swings: 4 x 25, 4kg
  • lateral band walks: 4 x 25, green band

Workout:

  • Sumo deadlift: 9 x 3-6 (55% 1RM) 125 lbs
  • Barbell back squat (55% 1RM) 110 lbs
  • Front squats: 5 x 8-10, 70 lbs
  • Box squats: 5 x 8-10, 185 lbs

Tri-set:

  • bodyweight walking lunge: 5 x 8-10
  • Calf raises: 5 x 8-10
  • DB step ups: 5 x 8-10, 40 lbs