Front loading with a Barbell is a positive constraint that draws out optimal lumbo-pelvic control forcing the lower body to organise around a stable lumbar spine. Provided movement competency is good at Level 1, this is a simple progression introducing slightly more shoulder and thoracic spine range in addition to opportunities for intense loading.
Balancing the bar across the anterior deltoids requires a greater amount of thoracic spine extension compared to the DB Goblet Squat in Level 1 but the low demands on shoulder range of motion make this a far simpler exercise than the Front Squat at Level 7.
The Barbell Goblet Squat offers opportunities for intense axial loading and offers a useful exercise selection for those with somewhat low squatting competency to reap the benefits of this Exercise Category whilst learning more advanced Squat derivatives. As such we classify this Level 2 exercise as a Max Effort lift.