Front Squat with Straps

Exercise Information

  • Alternative Names: Straps front squat, front squat with lifting straps
  • Type: Strength
  • Experience Level: Intermediate, expert
  • Equipment: Barbell, lifting straps
  • Muscles Targeted: Quads, glutes, calves, abs, hamstrings
  • Mechanics: Compound
  • Average Number of Sets: 3-5 with 4-5 reps each
  • Variations: None
  • Alternative: None

Front squat with straps is a free-weight version used explicitly by trainees who lack the flexibility to train the basic front squat with a clean grip. By using two straps, you can make the traditional front squat more comfortable so that you can focus on the technique. Since it requires you to pull the straps, you can easily keep your elbows up which would help you in maintaining the rack position.

Front Squat with Straps Exercise Information

  • Alternative Names: Straps front squat, front squat with lifting straps
  • Type: Strength
  • Experience Level: Intermediate, expert
  • Equipment: Barbell, lifting straps
  • Muscles Targeted: Quads, glutes, calves, abs, hamstrings
  • Mechanics: Compound
  • Average Number of Sets: 3-5 with 4-5 reps each
  • Variations: None
  • Alternative: None

How to do Front Squat with Straps

Tie two lifting straps around the bar by weaving through the loop and position the straps at about shoulder-width distance. Grab the straps by wrapping them around your middle and index fingers and then lifting the bar from the rack using a neutral grip so that the palms face each other.

Front Squat with Straps

Front Squat with Lifting Straps Tips

  • Choose your hand position that is comfortable for you. You may place your hands in line with the shoulders or slightly inside the shoulders.
  • Have a spotter help you in replacing the bar on the squat rack.
  • To keep your elbows high, clench your fists hard while lifting the barbell from the squat position.

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