How to Keep Your Chest Up When Front Squatting

Do you struggle to keep your chest up when front squatting big weight? In this episode of the #AskSquatU Show, Dr. Aaron Horschig tackles how to fix this problem with two simple methods: learning how to breathe & performing a functional core stability exercise called the No Hands “Zombie” Front Squat.

Problem #1: Breathing

Proper breathing mechanics help increase core stability, which will limit the potential for your upper back to collapse when front squatting. Try this test to see if you’re breathing correctly. Put your hands on your stomach and side. Next, take a big breath like you would when squatting.

What do you feel? 

Ideally you should feel your stomach and side expand against your hands. This means you’re correctly breathing by using your diaphragm. To read more on proper breathing during the squat, check out “How to Breathe When Squatting.” 


Problem #2: Poor Core Stability

In today’s show, we cover the ‘Zombie Front Squat.’ To learn some of my other favorites, check out “3 Core Stability Exercises for a Better Squat.”

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Dr. Aaron Horschig

Doctor of Physical Therapy, CSCS, USAW coach and athlete.

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