If you give Pat an olympic bar to hold, it settles in the right place (see above photo) The bar rests on his anterior deltoids, his chest is big, and his elbows point forward. His fingers act as a type of safety catch and make sure the bar stays where it is supposed to. Well done. No pain, just hours of fun.
However, some people find the front squat is really painful and hurts their wrists. The best advise I can give is, continue to practise, and suck it up.
Possibly not helpful advise.
However here as some drills which may help increase wrist range of motion
Pray behind your back,
Initially we found no correlation between those who could do this,and those who could hold the front squat position. We speculated that bicep size, shoulders, and back tightness could also be part of the answer, but a useful drill nevertheless.It makes you feel as if you are fighting back.
But we tested some people who could not hold the position, and here is a good example of what it can look like
so we hunted for other drills
Waggle on all fours ( aka The Fluffy Rug drill)
Yes the drill that out sexes all other drills. Get on a fluffy rug, on all fours ( fingers facing forward, or away from you), and rock your shoulders forward. Hold for time or gentle reps.( this is now known as the fluffy rug drill)
To make this more challenging and target the right bit of the wrist, put your fingers up on a higher surface and push down with your fingers.
we also experimented with the Nisha Roll.
This is where you hold the bar under your chin with your elbows below the bar, then open your hands and drop the bar onto your shoulders.
Sometimes a bit of brute force can help, and you can push the bar down
or, you can push the elbows up, to get that last bit of flexibility, and a better front squat position
In training we found a multi station circuit to get the best results,
so pray for 10 seconds
fluffy rug for 10 to 15 rocks
5 Nisha rolls
then a 10 second attempt at front squat position hold ( with someone lifting your elbows up)
Noticeable improvements within the session.