Originally Posted by ridethecliche
He commented that my knees were going way forward over my ankles. And that I should get back just a little bit so they stay a hair forward or a bit over my feet.
I think it was said relative to what I was doing. He wasn't trying to get me to back squat.
Vid link of good FS form?
Ankles? You don't mean the toes? As soon as the shin goes beyond absolute vertical, the knees will be in front of the ankle. The common myth is that its dangerous to let the knees go over the toes, but I haven't seen any convincing evidence that it would be harmful, as long as the movement is under control and not overly bouncy.
The front squat done correct is naturally more quad dominant and less back dominant than the back squat, due to the increased forward knee travel and more upright torso. Trying to keep the shins vertical will shift a larger portion of the load to the butt and the lower back, since your torso lean then increases. For you, with a history of low back injuries, I'd try to squat in a way that puts as little load as possible on the back, which in this case would be a more upright torso front squat where the knees travel forward as far as they want to.
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