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Old 09-21-2011, 10:55 AM   #1
Nigel Heppenstall
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Foot position in the squat

Hey Everyone,

What is the best foot position when squatting?

Rippetoe says in Starting Strength that pointing out the toes to keep them in line with the knees reduces strain on the knees.

But I have a fuzzy idea that mobility leopard K Starrett says somewhere in Mobility WOD that pointing the toes out causes your foot arch to collapse, and I think K Star is sceptical about the harm that straight feet in the squat might cause anyway. But I can't check Mob WOD due to low bandwidth.

What's the thinking on the boards?

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Old 09-21-2011, 11:11 AM   #2
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Re: Foot position in the squat

The best foot position is what is comfortable for you.
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Old 09-21-2011, 11:48 AM   #3
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Re: Foot position in the squat

stand with your feet together or very close. squat as deep as you can with toes pointed forward and you should be able to squat all the way down. now keep your heels in place but point your toes way out and try to squat. you won't make it far and it will feel weird. now spread you legs and feet wide, wider than your shoulders, and repeat. for most people the results will be the opposite, with wide feet toes out will feel better while toes straight will feel uncomfortable. the further your feet go out from directly under center, the more tendancy the knees and feet will naturally have to point outward. this is true for walking, jumping, etc. you can even try it sitting in a chair. put your legs together and see where your knees and feet naturall point. now spread your legs and see where they angle. so, the point is that your feet, toes, knees, whatever, will be angled accourding to how wide your squat stance is. go with what feels balanced and natural. make sure your knees track over your toes. my suggestion would be to vary it up and do all of it.
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Old 09-22-2011, 02:00 AM   #4
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Re: Foot position in the squat

Thanks, Andrew, for your thought-provoking post: very enlightening.

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