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3sweeties
05-15-2006, 01:35 PM
Does any one use this hand position (http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/OlympicLifts/FrontSquat.html) ? I did front squats this morning and I tried them with arms crossed over and holding the bar and this position. The weightlifting style felt like more secure than the bar lying across the top of my arms and shoulders.

Sportsgirl
05-15-2006, 02:13 PM
Yes I use that hand position most of the time. I do find it difficult to keep my arms up but it is MUCH more comfortable to me than the other way.

Erik
05-15-2006, 02:15 PM
I think that position is far more secure than the cross-arm bodybuilding grip but I don't have the wrist flexibility, nor have I worked on it, to use that grip with any appreciable load. It would feel like my wrist was breaking.

Jewel99
05-15-2006, 02:20 PM
I hate them both. :mad:

Lynny
05-15-2006, 03:33 PM
That is much more comfortable to me than crossing my arms.

EmilytheStrange
05-15-2006, 04:08 PM
Originally posted by Lynny@May 15 2006, 08:33 AM
That is much more comfortable to me than crossing my arms.
Ditto.

strongchick
05-15-2006, 04:49 PM
Me too. Even better with some straps for added leverage (my wrists aren't very flexible....)

janey
05-15-2006, 05:21 PM
I always do them that way. I can't imagine doing them with my arms crossed.

mark
05-15-2006, 05:45 PM
The wrist problem is why I do them this way....

Erik
05-15-2006, 05:58 PM
Originally posted by mark@May 15 2006, 01:45 PM
The wrist problem is why I do them this way....
I tried this. Didn't like it. I felt really unstable.

Leah
05-15-2006, 06:03 PM
I just started doing them oly style and I love it that way....though I haven't had to use any heavy loads yet

DeeLovely79
05-15-2006, 06:08 PM
I do them with my arms crossed, there is no way I could do them the other way I had tendonitis in one of my wrists that never healed properly (I got injured during finals week my senior year of college and I had a like 50 pages worth of papers to type). I actually like the arms crossed, the bar sits really nicely on my wide bony shoulders (finally they're good for something besides making me look like a linebacker) I could probably do front squats without even holding the bar.

jrb1980
05-15-2006, 07:03 PM
Originally posted by Jewel99@May 15 2006, 02:20 PM
I hate them both. :mad:
dido. it is an odd exercise for me - I've never felt comfortable doing it??

Sportsgirl
05-15-2006, 09:36 PM
Originally posted by mark@May 16 2006, 03:15 AM
The wrist problem is why I do them this way....
a-HA! So that's what you guys were talking about when using the straps. I just couldn't visualise it from what you were saying.

I'm going to try this.

PowerManDL
05-15-2006, 09:39 PM
Clean grip is why I won't do more than three reps on front squats.

Erik
05-15-2006, 09:40 PM
Originally posted by PowerManDL@May 15 2006, 05:39 PM
Clean grip is why I won't do more than three reps on front squats.
Your biceps are too big.

PowerManDL
05-15-2006, 09:44 PM
I didn't have this problem back a little over a year ago when I was (sorta) OLing. I could actually do full squat cleans with no problems beyond minor discomfort on the right wrist.

I guess the upper arm has grown a bit since, and I've done just about zero work on wrist flexibility with the clean grip, so it shouldn't really be a shock that I've lost a good bit of that ability.

JJ29
05-15-2006, 09:45 PM
I like to use the cross arm grip. Whenever I try using the other grip, the bar and my elbows end up way lower than they should be.

Erik
05-15-2006, 09:46 PM
Originally posted by PowerManDL@May 15 2006, 05:44 PM
I didn't have this problem back a little over a year ago when I was (sorta) OLing. I could actually do full squat cleans with no problems beyond minor discomfort on the right wrist.

I guess the upper arm has grown a bit since, and I've done just about zero work on wrist flexibility with the clean grip, so it shouldn't really be a shock that I've lost a good bit of that ability.
What would you recommend someone do to enable them to use the oly grip and not have wrist issues preventing sufficient loading? (assuming healthy wrists). Is there anything beyond just stretching them out regularly?

Perhaps just front squatting oly style with light weight to get used to the position? Then your wrists would be stretched under load? And then just working up from there?

PowerManDL
05-15-2006, 09:50 PM
That's about the best option really. Taping and wrapping the wrists can help to alleviate some of the problems; it'll still hurt, but it can help support enough to prevent any real injuries while building up to it. Other than that, just regular stretching after working with them to keep things loose.