Grip, Wrist & Elbow Position for The Front Squat vs. The Press
GRIP, WRIST AND ELBOW POSITION FOR THE FRONT SQUAT VS. THE PRESS
Front Squat (left photo): the front squat requires a very upright torso. In order maintain position in the bottom of the squat the elbows and upper arm need to be parallel to the ground. Due to this the wrist will be in an extended position while the grip on the bar sinks back towards the fingers.
Press (right photo): the press does not involve a squat so in most cases it will not effect the upright torso position (although if the athlete has tightness through the shoulders or upper back the “elbows forward” cue may create hyperextension in the lumbar region), so the elbows can sit lower and still forward of the bar for the press. This position paired with a more flexed wrist and a grip that sits deeper in the palm can create a stronger base to press overhead from.