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Build Muscle with Classic Exercises

Hard Muscle the Easy Way

Simplify your workout with these classic exercises—and add strength and size like never before

Barbell Front Squat

  1. Hold the bar with an overhand grip that's just beyond shoulder width. Raise your upper arms until they're parallel to the floor. Allow the bar to roll back so that it's resting on the fronts of your shoulders.
  2. Slowly lower your body until the tops of your thighs are at least parallel to the floor. Pause, then push your body back to the starting position.

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Tip Keep your upper arms parallel to the floor for the entire movement. This prevents the bar from rolling forward and also helps you maintain a more upright posture.

Make it easier If your wrists aren't flexible enough to perform the traditional version of the barbell front squat, use this trick: Loop a pair of wrist straps around the bar—spaced shoulder width apart—and cinch them tight. Then grasp the straps instead of bending your wrists back and resting the bar on your fingers.

This move has been excerpted from The Men's Health Big Book of Exercises by Adam Campbell.

This Move Works:

Calves, Core, Glutes, Hamstrings, Quadriceps

  • Man standing holding a barbell across his chest
  • Man in squat position holding a barbell across his chest

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