Front Loaded Skater Squats

Hey all! Two blog posts in a week! That might be a record so far for 2013. Score!

Today I’ve got another quick one for you. Truth be told, I like the shorter posts better because myself because I find I never end up reading all the way through longer posts anyway. Do you feel the same way as me or do you tend to like longer posts? Let me know below.

Anyway, today I just want to show an alternate way to do skater squats. I’m really glad to see that skater squats seem to be catching on with a lot of you because I think it’s an awesome exercise that a lot of people can really benefit from. The people that have tried them seemed to really like them, which is great to see.

One thing I’ve been getting some questions about though—particularly from stronger lifters—is how to add load if you don’t have weight vests available.

I’ve tried numerous different loading methods from barbells to kettlebells to heavy dumbbells to bands. You name it, I’ve probably tried it. I like using weight vests a lot, but another method that I really like too if that’s not an option is holding the barbell with a front squat grip.

Like so:

For an added challenge— or just for a different variation—you can also try them starting from the bottom position off the pins, like this:

The key with both variations is to make sure that you aren’t pushing off the floor with your back foot.

The barbell makes the exercise harder by raising your center of mass, and it also makes the exercise slightly more knee-dominant since you have to keep more of an upright torso to keep the barbell from sliding off your shoulders.

I feel these a ton in the quads, glutes, and core.

I’ve also found that using a “hands free” grip can work quite well for balance where you just extend your arms straight out in front of you. You’d think that would be a problem as far as just holding the bar, but because the load isn’t too heavy it actually pretty well. So if you’re struggling to balance, try the “hands free” grip too and see what you think.

If you’ve been crushing skater squats and need a way to up the ante, try these and let me know your thoughts.

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Finish the week strong!