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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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    squat stance width

    Hi, I was wondering how wide people did their squats? Also how far apart do you place your hands on the bar? I currently started going a little wider than shoulder width and have been able to go lower than parallel. However, I wanted to know if going narrower would work my quads more.

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    I squat with my heels about 10 inches apart. I would say the narrower stance definitely puts a lot of emphasis on my quads. Not to mention I can get very deep.
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    Here's another question I have, do you guys point you're toes forward when you squat, or are the a little out to the side?
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    slydeflex: A more narrow stance will emphasize the quads more, but depending on your flexibility you probably won't be able to go as deep. I know my flexibility is awful, so I stand quite wide.

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    My toes always point the same direction as my knees. So if my legs are wider, my toes point farther out. If my stance is narrow enough, then my toes do point forward.
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    for me its a normal stance which is kinda wide, its wider than my shoulders, using the stance i do allows me to get themost power out of my legs and i can move the most weight and get below parrallel.


    as far as toes it depends on how tight my hips are that day, some days i can keep my toes straight i can get to paralell and get alot of power if not staright they are pointed out just a tad not to much tho..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vido
    slydeflex: A more narrow stance will emphasize the quads more, but depending on your flexibility you probably won't be able to go as deep. I know my flexibility is awful, so I stand quite wide.
    I find that for most this is generally the opposite. It's much easier to go deep with a narrow stance. That's why when people learn to go deep, they must do it gradually each week, as the flexibility is poor in the hip flexors and groin area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Manveet
    Here's another question I have, do you guys point you're toes forward when you squat, or are the a little out to the side?
    Here is a little info from Dr. Squat:

    ) The quadriceps muscles can contract more efficiently when the feet are pointing slightly outward . They should NEVER point straight ahead. If you squat with a very wide stance, your adductors tend to assist the quads. This can result in stress to the medial collateral ligament, abnormal cartilage loading, and improper patellar tracking.
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    Research involving EMG has shown no significant difference in quadriceps activation between narrow and wide stances (12). Adductor activation has been shown to increase with a wide stance (12).
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    A lot more info on proper squatting available here: Dr. Squat and here: strenghcats

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    Nice info melted. Makes total sense.

    Ive seen vids of powerlifters squatting with stances so wide i couldnt actually believe they werent dislocating their hips. I guess they do it becasue at the weights they are pushing up, the more help they can get the better (wide stance means less distance to push up from bottom, also got the adductor group of muscles getting in on the action).

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