How To Improve Front Rack Mobility
Front Rack Mobility Exercises To Improve Your Front Squat
Front rack position is a fantastic tool to utilise in training. However, for so many people, it can be difficult to firstly, get into a good position and secondly, feel comfortable enough to progressive loads. In today’s article, we are going to discuss front rack mobility issues and how you can attack them. The main problem area of people in the front rack position is the upper body. There will obviously, be lower body issues for some people when squatting as well. However, in this article, we are going solely be looking at getting the bar in a comfortable front rack position by improving front rack mobility.
THE VIDEO: How To Improve Front Rack Mobility – Front Squat Mobility Exercises
Front Rack Mobility Issues
Before we can address what is a bad front rack position, we must first know what a good front rack position is. In the front rack, we are looking to see our upper arm parallel to the floor, the bar resting on the musculature on the front of our shoulders with the hands either side of the shoulders. They are not weight bearing but just stabilising the bar on each side. Someone who is unable to achieve this position can be put down to the following immobility issues:
- Wrist flexion
- Elbow flexion
- Shoulder external rotation
- Lat tightness
- Thoracic tightness
In the video above, we demonstrated how to briefly assess whether someone is tight or immobile in that area which, would hinder their front rack. We then, provided a couple of mobility exercises that can be performed to help.
How can you incorporate front rack mobility to improve your front squat?
- Foam roll any tight areas before your session to provide temporary mobility to be able to hit correct positions.
- Stretch outside of your sessions in these areas. Morning and evening stretching routine is a good way to make longer lasting changes.
- If mobility issues are that bad, static stretch before your session.
- Static stretch for approximately 45 seconds on each side when loosening up a specific area.
- Practice the position, you can stretch all day to loosen up but until you try and manipulate your body into the front rack position it will not get comfortable with it.
- During your session, practice getting into that position. This may be enough to be a stretch. The exercises displayed in the latter portion of the video, involve introducing the bar in the front rack. If you are able to do so, perform them.
Lack of mobility in the front rack position is a common issue that athletes face. Follow the tips in this article to improve your front rack mobility and consequently, your front squat.