- Jul 13, 2006
I would highly disagree with this. Front squats are much harder to escape in a failed attempt than a back squat. It's easy to escape at the height of the movement, but if you're at the bottom and you can't get it up, it's much harder than just rolling the bar down your back.
Yes I agree. In the rock bottom position of the back squat you just have to let go and jump forward and you are out of the way. In the front squat you are still under the weight when you let go and thus have to jump further and quicker which makes it much harder to get out from under.
Anyway, the main point I was making was that weightlifters learn how to move around the bar and also how to dump a loaded bar. As a result they can get out from under a loaded bar with a quick movement. PLers and BBers quite often have no idea of what quick is, let alone how to make that move while under load.
From my own experience, I learnt this skill only (relatively) recently and I was amazed at how easy it was to get out from under max lifts (just about everything bar bench). I missed a squat and just hopped forward out from under the bar when I would have normall have had to lower it to the pins (and possibly cause a strain due to poor positioning).