Exercise of the week: The front squat

How to do a front squat exercise

What is it and what does it do?

Very much like the normal squat, the front squat is a great exercise for strengthening the lower body, including the quads, hips, hamstrings and glutes. With the addition of weights to the front of your body, however, it becomes a more demanding core stability challenge.

How to do it…

The front squat is just as effective with a barbell, kettlebell, dumbbells, or any type of weight you feel comfortable holding to the front of your body while you squat.

Place your feet between hip and shoulder width. Bend you knees and lower yourself into the bottom of the squat with an upright posture, while holding the weight in front of your torso. Try to avoid loading the weight onto your knees by keeping your posture upright throughout and your weight on your hips. Full depth of the squat is achieved when the knees are closed as much as possible without losing good form. Use the momentum of the bounce in the bottom of the squat to help you back up. Repeat!