“To front squat or back squat, that is the question.” – Shakespeare
Squatting is perhaps one of the most fundamental and functional exercises we do as humans. I mean, we do it every day. If you disagree then you try pooping standing up and let me know what happens. (Actually, please don’t let me know what happens)
But when we are training the squat at the gym there are so many options to choose from. You have bodyweight squats, goblet squats, back squats, front squats, box squats, over head squats, and the list goes on. You also have your choice of equipment from barbells, to dumbbells, to kettlebells, to safety bars, to sandbags.
Everybody has their preference for which style to train with and train their clients with and across the board there is quite a bit of differences. One thing it seems that most coaches agree upon is that until a client can properly squat to depth without a load (not talking about pooping) they should not be adding resistance to their squats.
So what happens when your client (or yourself) masters the bodyweight squat and is able to advance to resistance training? Do you load them in the front or in the back? Or even both?