The latest programme I'm following requires quite frequent front squatting. And recently I've stumbled upon a pretty cool way to ensure that I keep the bar racked properly without having the resort to breaking my wrists (due to inflexibility) or rounding my upper back, as is the case if I use the cross arm technique.
Instead, I use lifting straps to act as a pair of handles. This way I can keep my elbows up in place without hurting my wrists. I've tried it last night and while it does work better than the traditional or the cross armed hold, I still find it a bit difficult to hold the bar in place.
|My straps setup. Any pair of old lifting straps will do.|
And oh... the video below demonstrates the different ways you can hold the bar up in place on a front squat. Enjoy!