Smith Machine Front Squat

Exercise Information

  • Alternative Names: Front squat on Smith machine
  • Type: Strength
  • Experience Level: Beginner
  • Equipment: Smith Machine
  • Muscles Targeted: Glutes, calves, hamstrings, quads, abs, lower back
  • Mechanics: Compound
  • Average Number of Sets: 3-5 with 6-8 reps each
  • Variations: None
  • Alternative: None

The Smith machine front squat is a much easier variation of the front squat because unlike the squats with free weights, it takes much of the pressure off your back muscles, helping you to do an increased number of repetitions with higher weights.

Smith Machine Front Squat Exercise Information

  • Alternative Names: Front squat on Smith machine
  • Type: Strength
  • Experience Level: Beginner
  • Equipment: Smith Machine
  • Muscles Targeted: Glutes, calves, hamstrings, quads, abs, lower back
  • Mechanics: Compound
  • Average Number of Sets: 3-5 with 6-8 reps each
  • Variations: None
  • Alternative: None

However, that does not mean you should leave the traditional front squat out of your workout routine. If you are a beginner, you can choose the Smith machine version first to build the foundation and gradually shift to the barbell front squat as you gain experience.

How to do Smith Machine Front Squat

You need to set the Smith machine properly by adjusting the position of the bar underneath your shoulder height.

Smith Machine Front Squat

Front Squat on Smith Machine Tips

  • If you cannot get into position to do front squats, then use a cross-arm grip instead.
  • Although excessive inward or outward deviation of the knees is not allowed, taller people might have to allow some forward movement of their knees to remain upright.

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