Getstrength Front Squat Harness T-Nation Review Full Review

Getstrength Front Squat Harness T-Nation Review
Training Zone – GS Innovation
Getstrength Front Squat Harness
The front squat is one of the best exercises for developing powerful quads, but few people use it because of discomfort, lack of flexibility, or not being able to hold onto the bar. The GetStrength Front Squat Harness can help. This padded steel frame can hold over 600 pounds. For more info, checkout GetStrength.com.
The reviews are now in! See below!
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Pro’s:
This product is awesome!! I’ve always shied away from doing front squats because they were so uncomfortable to do. Now I look forward to doing them again.
That alone makes this product well worth its asking price. You overcome your excuses for skipping this very important excercise.
The Harness was solid and well built.
It felt comfortable on my shoulders with the right amount of cushion.
The directions were simple and easy to follow. The pictures showed the proper hand and elbow placement.
Con’s:
The only Con I could think of was the harness pins were hard to hold onto while going really heavy. My hands would get sweaty and start slipping off the ends.
It could possibly need some small knobs on the end to help the give the hands something to grip.
How was the overall quality of the harness?
Top quality product should last for years.
How did you use/test it?
Tested it by doing the Front Squat.
Would you recommend that T-Nation readers buy this product?
Yes
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Comments:
I was able to get two workouts in using the Front Squat Harness. The amount of soreness on the front of the legs was amazing. Far different from the soreness in doing the back squat.
I had my two boys use it as well and they both liked it. My 18 yr. old is 6′8″ 300 lbs. and it fit him with no problem. My 15 yr. old is 6′2″ 160 lbs. and it fit him just fine. The ability of the Front Squat Harness to adjust to all the different sizes was a big plus for me.
I was able to work up to 245 lbs for three reps on my second workout. My goal is 315 lbs. for 3 reps in the future.
The two biggest things to remember when using this product is to be balanced when coming off the rack and to keep your elbows up thru out the movement. Both are very important especially when go heavy.
Thanks to GetStrength and T-Nation for this opportunity!
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Pro’s:
1. Comfort. This piece of equipment maintained an extremely high level of comfort no matter what weight was placed on it. I found it completely comfortable with upwards of 450 pounds on the apparatus.
2. Adjustability. My training partner and I had no issues whatsoever using the harness and our sizes are completely different. 5′7 190 and 6′4 235. The harness adjusts to your size almost naturally. You simply find the comfort spot for you and go to work.
3. Allows user to perform very effective front squats without needing to hold a clean grip. My partner found this very helpful considering he cannot hold the bar comfortably in the clean position due to wrist inflexibility. This allows new trainers to gain the benefit of front squats immediately.
4. It is very easy to assist your training partner with a spot by simply pushing up on the elbows of the trainer. This will allow the usage of greater weight and greater variability in training with things such as forced reps.
Con’s:
1. The main con that I can find with this equipment would be based on the packaging of the harness itself. There was no explanation or directions on how to use the harness in the box. This may be a problem for a new trainee.
2. The only issue that I could think of in the operation of the harness is to make sure that you line up the pegs so the bar is balanced from side to side appropriately.
How was the overall quality of the harness?
I found the quality to be exceptional and it appeared to be capable of lasting a lifetime with repeated use and abuse.
How did you use/test it?
Multiple techniques. See comments.
Would you recommend that T-Nation readers buy this product?
Absolutely!
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Comments:
First off I would like to thank T-Mag for selecting me to use this product. A few years back I attempted to purchase a front squat harness that I found on the WestSide Tapes. It did not continue being manufactured and I gave up on the pursuit. This was truly a blessing to receive this product.
How did you use/test it?
My partner and I put it through every possible squat/lunge variation we could think of. We felt that the size difference in us would be truly beneficial to review a product such as this. It was so simplistic to adjust for each of us it was an absolute no brainer.
The first exercise we tried was the full ass to the floor front squat. The harness worked perfectly for this. With a shoulder width stance the harness descends perfectly between thighs in the deep squat position. The bar does have a tendency to feel that you would be going forward. I found this to be an absolute plus due to the fact that it would force me to keep my back lined up properly.
The second exercise we attempted was the box squat. Here is where it really got exciting for me. I have trouble sitting back in my box squats. This bar, when I sat back, caused a tremendous amount of tension in my upper spinal erectors. The only equivalent I can come up with is it reminded me of the description I have heard of the safety squat bar. The safety squat bar has been known to increase the lower back strength of many squatters. This can be extrememly beneficial, in my opinion, to the tall squatter who has difficulty with leaning forward while squatting. The development of this particular portion of my back with the help of this harness
should allow me to break strength barriers of the squat in the future.
The lunge. I decided to try the lunge with the front squat harness and found it very effective. This is an exercise that is traditionally done with the bar placed on the back or with dumb bells held in hands. This was a great variation on this exercise. This also worked very well with one legged bulgarian squats. At no time is there any question whether the bar will roll off the supports forward. This was one of the concerns I had seeing it on its website and these questions were definitely answered.
Another variation I wanted to try was to see how effective this would be using bands for regular front squats as well as box squats. Again, thumbs up, no issues whatsoever, it worked perfectly.
The one exercise that I could not do was REA squats. This is a type of pliometric squat where the trainer pulls the feet up from the ground then accepts the force of the ground and presses back up from the squat as quick as possible. The reason it would not work was the bar would fly up off of the supports of the harness. One way to work around this is to use an over speed method by simply attaching bands around the bar to hold it on the harness securely. I found this to be amazingly effective in accomplishing this exercise. I expect this to help increase my explosive power tremendously.
In summary, this was an amazing piece of equipment and I feel incredibly lucky to have received it. Thank you so much T-Nation for this and all of the amazing knowledge I have gained from your site.
Your life long supporter,
jsal33.
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Pro’s:
1. Lets you hold more weight without putting undo stress on the wrists.
2. spreads the weight across the shoulders not the collarbone or delts
3. makes the legs work harder, seems to target them very well.
4. blood cleans off really easy.
5. good and confortable padding
Con’s:
1. It has a learning curve to it using it properly takes consentration.
2. puts the weight higher not by much but is noticable.
3. at first using it, it feels like it’s trying to pull you forward and drop the bar.
4. if you have to dump the weight it is much harder if you can’t lift it.
How was the overall quality of the harness?
Very good
How did you use/test it?
followed the instrutions
Would you recommend that T-Nation readers buy this product?
very much yes
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Comments:
This allowed me to use more weight than I’ve been able to use before, it took me awhile to get a feel for it. had to try a new pr for me, I popped A nose bleed(first time that happened). I also had two other big boys try it and a couple of women (had to use a towel under it for the women to make them thicker) they all seem to like it, I taught most of them how to front squat useing this peice of equipment.
I’m more than willing to test anything else your willing to send me:)
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Hey Guys, Thank you for the great feedback, we will be taking all comments on board.
Jsal33 great review, thank you for your time and effort.
Big Guy your idea for the pins would be great, the only issue would be the safety factor. i.e if the bar needs to be dumped at any stage of the movement.
Subhuman “blood cleans off really easy”.Brilliant!
Cheers
Steve Thompson
Getstrength ltd
sthompson@getstrength.com
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Subhuman…
I am almost afraid to ask, but how did you get blood on it?…hehehe
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kungfudude wrote:
Subhuman…
I am almost afraid to ask, but how did you get blood on it?…hehehe
I was thinking the exact same thing. I am guessing it was from the nosebleed you “popped” while lifting? I’ve never even heard of that happening before… LOL
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that thing is cool. One trick I learned is to use lifting straps around the bar if you dont have flexable wrists.
just a thought
It was the nose bleed that helped me find out that the pads wipe clean easy, I guess it was the “heavyload” at least for me. 355 when the most my wrists would permit me to do was 225. it happened on rep 2 I still went to 6 before I had to dump the weight. the group that was helping me test asked why I kept going when I knew it started all I could say was “I wasn’t done yet!” it was COOL.
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Do you know anything about the Sting-ray front squat device??? How do they compare???
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I own Both and the sting ray may never see the light of day again.
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