“Elbows up! Elbows up!” You hear this yelled in every weight room on the planet when someone is doing front squats. The intent is to keep the lifter from falling forward, but does it really accomplish that?
The answer is yes and no, but in my experience, mostly no. This week’s Technique Tuesday explains why “elbows up” isn’t the best cue for thoracic extension during front squats. I’ll also show you a simple cue that often works better. Check it out: