The emergence of raw powerlifting and CrossFit has popularized the front squat. Its popularity has surged by lifters posting YouTube videos of impressive lifts that, in turn, cause novices to realize the benefits of the front squat. The front squat should not be taken lightly or seen as only a variation of the squat. It is very technical and comes with many issues that must be addressed prior to execution of the lift. In this three part series, I will discuss setup, grip and hand placements, execution, and other considerations for the front squat.

Here in part one, I show several grip and hand placements options. Your build and preferences will determine which option is the best to use. In this video I explain:

  • (1:09) Clean Grip
  • (2:00) Cross Grip
  • (3:10) Strap Grip
  • (4:00) How to setup for a strong unrack