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Safety Bar Front Squat

Safety Bar Front Squat

The Safety Bar Front Squat is a challenging and effective lower body exercise that primarily targets the quadriceps, hamstrings, and glutes. This variation of the traditional front squat is performed using a specialized safety bar, which adds a unique element to the movement. Unlike the traditional front squat where the barbell is held across the front of the shoulders, the safety bar front squat utilizes a padding-covered yoke that rests on the lifter's upper back and shoulders, with handles to grip onto. One of the key benefits of the Safety Bar Front Squat is its ability to minimize stress on the wrists, elbows, and shoulders compared to other squat variations. This can be particularly helpful for individuals with wrist or shoulder mobility issues. Additionally, the safety bar can promote a more upright torso position, thus engaging the core musculature and reducing the strain on the lower back. By targeting the quadriceps, hamstrings, and glutes, the Safety Bar Front Squat helps to develop lower body strength, power, and overall muscle mass. It also enhances functional movement patterns and can improve athletic performance in sports such as weightlifting, powerlifting, and various field and court activities. However, it's important to note that the Safety Bar Front Squat requires proper form and technique to minimize the risk of injury. It is advisable to start with lighter weights and gradually increase the load as strength and proficiency improve. It is also recommended to seek guidance from a qualified fitness professional to ensure correct execution of the exercise and to tailor it to individual fitness goals and abilities.


  • Start by setting up the safety bar at a height that allows you to comfortably unrack the barbell and position it on your shoulders.
  • Stand in front of the bar with your feet shoulder-width apart.
  • Brace your core and grip the handles of the safety bar with a pronated grip.
  • Lower yourself into a squatting position by bending at the hips and knees, keeping your back straight and chest up.
  • Go down until your thighs are parallel to the ground.
  • Drive through your heels and push back up to the starting position.
  • Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.
  • Remember to maintain proper form throughout the exercise, keeping your knees in line with your toes and avoiding any rounding of the back.
  • Once you've finished your set, carefully rack the barbell back on the safety bar.

Tips & Tricks

  • Engage your core throughout the entire movement.
  • Maintain a stable and upright posture by squeezing your shoulder blades together.
  • Keep your chest up and facing forward to prevent rounding of the upper back.
  • Place your feet shoulder-width apart and toes slightly turned out to promote knee stability.
  • As you descend into the squat, focus on pushing your knees out to the sides.
  • Control the descent by lowering yourself slowly and under control.
  • Exhale forcefully as you drive through your heels to stand back up.
  • Avoid locking out your knees at the top of the movement to keep tension in the muscles.
  • Strive to go as low as you comfortably can without compromising form or balance.
  • Choose an appropriate weight that challenges you without sacrificing technique.


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