The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness
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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Itís no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

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    Feet when squatting

    should they be pointing diagonally (45 degrees) or straight?

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    They should be pointing out a little bit.
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    It's going to depend on the width of your stance, but they should never be pointing straight ahead. The important thing is to make sure that your knees track over your toes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorge Sanchez View Post
    they should never be pointing straight ahead.
    any reason y?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TWINSCREW View Post
    any reason y?
    Puts alot of pressure on the knees and makes it damn near impossible to sit back.

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    now as to regards to my shins, they should be about 80 degrees? because when I kneel down im suppose to kind of lean my ass back so I dont squat down forward right

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    IME toes pointing slightly outwards is best. I have a bad knee and this tends to be the most comfortable too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorge Sanchez View Post
    It's going to depend on the width of your stance, but they should never be pointing straight ahead. The important thing is to make sure that your knees track over your toes.
    Yes, what Jorge Sanchez said.

    IMHO, go as wide with your stance as your hips will let you go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Moore View Post
    Puts alot of pressure on the knees and makes it damn near impossible to sit back.
    Some people don't want to sit back and prefer to maximize knee travel, I squat with my feet sliiiggghtly turned out and a narrow stance. It's all relative to goals and style, there is no one way to squat.
    Being a strong teenager means nothing.

    My wrists hurt, but some people don't have wrists to be sore. My knees have tendinitis, but some people don't have legs to get tendinitis in. I seem to be going backwards with training, yet some people can't even walk let alone lift 400 pounds on a daily basis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigTallOx View Post
    Yes, what Jorge Sanchez said.

    IMHO, go as wide with your stance as your hips will let you go.
    What? Is he a powerlifter? I don't get the impression he is, why would he go as wide as possible?

    Wide stance squats are a very specific powerlifting technique and best done when there is gear involved.
    Being a strong teenager means nothing.

    My wrists hurt, but some people don't have wrists to be sore. My knees have tendinitis, but some people don't have legs to get tendinitis in. I seem to be going backwards with training, yet some people can't even walk let alone lift 400 pounds on a daily basis.

    Dust out the vagina, and keep on lifting.

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    Foth, to me, it sounds like you're over-thinking them.
    As a starting point - feet about shoulder width apart. Toes slightly out. When you squat down, make sure your knees go out over your toes, not in, or you could cause knee problems. Go as low as you possibly can, with your butt nearly hitting your ankles, if possible. You will lean forward, more if the bar is higher on your back. Heels never leave the floor. Never 'relax' at the bottom, but always keep tension on the muscles or you could hurt your knees. When coming up, try to drive your heels through the floor and make sure your butt and shoulders come up at the same time. DON'T look up at the ceiling, this can cause neck problems, as well as balance problems. Think tennis ball under the chin for where to look - this equates to 6' or so out in front of you on the floor.
    Try squatting without any weight at all for a few sets to see how it feels and looks, then mimic that with weight. If you have a friend or PT that knows what squat form should be, have him/her watch you. Maybe post a video here.
    Give chalk a chance.


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