- The front squat is my #1 overall growth exercise.
- The front squat is better for increasing the size of the legs than back squats.
- The front squat is better for adding mass to the upper body than the back squat.
- The front squat stimulates the appetite a lot which helps when trying to gain.
- The front squat has been my best accessory exercise for increasing my deadlifting poundages.
- The front squat is a fantastic flexibility development exercise.
- The front squat develops a lot of wrist flexibility (if done with the Olympic grip).
- The front squat develops hip and upper back flexibility.
- The front squat encourages healthy posture which has carryover to everyday life.
- The front squat can ruin your tricking.
How front squatting can ruin your tricking
If you’re doing a lot of heavy, hard fronts squatting it will cut into your tricking. More so than deadlifts, conventional squats, etc. Your body spends an insane amount of resources recovering from heavy front squats. You’ll have nothing left when you want to trick. What you need to do is cycle the front squat.
My recommendations for cycling the front squat
If you only trick a lot during 3 months of the year consecutively (summer), then drop the front squat altogether during this time and slash your lower body work volume and intensity down to 1/3 of what it usually is. You won’t be at a loss. Your tricking will excel.
If you trick for 6 months of the year consecutively, then continue front squatting for the first 3 months of your tricking season as you get back into tricking after your break. Then after those three months, drop it and slash your lower body work volume and intensity down to 1/3 of what it usually it.
If you want to trick year round, even during the winter, identify those times of year you trick less frequently and increase your front squatting mindfully during those times. Just use common sense: time your front squatting sessions so that they don’t kill your tricking sessions.
And finally, if you are mostly playing the physique enhancement game, but want to trick during an upcoming weekend, use common sense again: just take time off from all training before your upcoming tricking session. Since it’s obviously not a regular thing you do, you’ll at least want to give yourself a chance to maximize your capabilities during that particular tricking session by taking time off before you go and rip it up.
Another thing: for those of us that are experienced with weight training and dieting, the front squat can cause so much growth in the quads and buttocks, that this size can hinder your tricking. The sad truth is: the bigger your legs, the harder your tricks. And the harder your tricks, the worse your tricks will be. Just look at the best tricksters, they all have twiggy-skinny jeans legs. (btw, Skinny jeans are for fairy boys and girls who are assholes).
So if you want to front squat and trick you gotta take special precautions. But, overall, accidental muscle growth is kind of far-fetched for the majority, and so the more likely case is the former where our tricks simply get smashed from the stress front squatting puts on our bodies.
Front squatting is the best overall mass builder (in my opinion). Because it stresses the body so much, it can stimulate appetite beyond belief. You will never be so hungry as those weeks you are front squatting for high volume 3-5 days a week. You will never want to stop eating, and will likely give into binge eating marathons frequently. This is awesome for bulking, but detrimental to our tricking, because we want to stay light and lean so we can jump high and move quickly and eating a crazy amount of food is just going to cause us to walk around with more poop and water weight than usual (which is not helping our tricks).
So you shouldn’t try to make strength gains in the front squat during the times of year you are tricking more. I’m a fan of seasonal periodization, so during the summer when you are tricking a lot and going to gatherings, drop the front squat from your routine altogether like I do, or simply do a few warmup sets with it here and there to keep the lift coded into your system. Your tricks will thank you, because of all the exercises you can be doing hard in conjunction with your tricking, front squatting is one of the worst ones. But for beginners in the mass building, physique enhancement game, and those tricksters finally wanting to beef up and to finally look like a man, then it’s hard to beat a recommendation of 3 months of almost daily front squatting and shit loads of clean food while you let your tricking take a back seat.