Didn’t see this before.
I’d like to add to the flexibility argument. But this one is kinda tricky. A lot of people aren’t flexible enough to do a proper high-bar squat, let alone a front bar squat. However, actually performing the movement improves flexibility and mobility better than any stretching routine since it forces your body to adapt to the movement.
People tend to see flexibility as something that’s on the completely opposite side to strength. But that’s not really the case. Most flexibility problems are actually problems related to lack of strength and proper muscle activation, which forces other muscles to compensate by tightening up. So most people have overworked muscles that work when they shouldn’t. And that’s really bad news because you shouldn’t have other muscles perform tasks that they’re not designed to do.
For example, most people have a problem activating their glutes, which is one of the biggest issues when you’re trying to perform a squat. Another would be bad dorsiflexion, which is easy enough to fix. But bad glutes can lead to dozens of problems related to surrounding muscles in your lower back, hips and even legs.
So anyway, if you can’t squat (or deadlift, for that matter), I suggest to first tend to your glutes. My advice would be to first isolate them with a few of these exercises: https://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/muscle/glutes