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Back squat vs Front squat 85% ratio

Posted: Sun Mar 29, 2015 7:05 am
by Llemna
Per an article by Christian Thibaudeau at T-Nation entitled "Know your Ratios" (I'm not allowed to post links yet) the front squat should be 85% of the back squat. Does that sound right to people here?

I am trying to determine if that may be a weakness in my squat.

I'd also be curious if people have other thoughts abotu his ratios. I would like to make sure as I build strength I do not create other issues due to imbalances.

Thanks,

L.

Re: Back squat vs Front squat 85% ratio

Posted: Sun Mar 29, 2015 8:30 am
by Phlegmatic
I believe the more experienced and well-rounded you are the close those ratios are to reality. If you've never front squatted before you'll have a hard time squatting 85% of your backsquat, obviously.

Re: Back squat vs Front squat 85% ratio

Posted: Sun Mar 29, 2015 9:00 am
by stuward
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Re: Back squat vs Front squat 85% ratio

Posted: Tue Apr 07, 2015 12:25 pm
by hoosegow
Right for whom? All that stuff is subjective. What is your body type, what are you training for, what are you physical limitations, etc.? I really like CT, but there is no reference other than he says for athletes. I can tell you that bodybuilders don't give two skunk farts about ratios - they want to know how to get bigger, leaner and fill out their weak areas. Powerlifters don't give two skunk farts about ratios either - they want to know how to get three white lights in the squat, bench and deadlift. I have a friend with fused vertebre who won't ever back squat again.

As a general rule of thumb, I have faith CT is pretty close to the mark. Is my goal ever going to be ratios, absolutely not. So I would file it away as good information and then not worry about it.