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Old 10-23-2006, 03:50 AM   #1
Brian Reckdenwald
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I'm currently on a quest to get all three variations of my squat deeper. I know flexibility is a big issue (I'm working on it), but mainly I am concerned with my foot position. So my question is: how wide should I have my feet to achieve a proper below parallel squat? Thanks.
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Old 10-23-2006, 05:14 AM   #2
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Shoulder width or slightly wider. It will depend a bit on the length of your limbs and back and what shoes you wear.

A simple way to find a good squatting stance is to stand on a 12-20" box and jump off without looking at your feet. Where your feet land is your "Landing Stance" and give or take an inch or two will be your squatting stance.
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Old 10-23-2006, 05:37 AM   #3
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Without thinking...go down and pick a rock off the ground....your body will show you it's natural stance like Don mentioned above.
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Old 10-23-2006, 09:08 AM   #4
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CF Journal #44 has Coach's Rips basics, but if you are really interested buy "Starting Strength"
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Old 10-23-2006, 01:04 PM   #5
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When I worked as a trainer, I often joked with clients on this vary topic. But in reality, I came to the illustration of "taking a dump in the woods." It worked and that's normally what led to the most comfortable squat stance for going deeper.

Your shoes may play a role in this as well. I've found that since I switched to using a wedge soled olympic lifting shoe that my depth has gotten much better. I'm sure there's something written about this somewhere, but, it seems to me, it lessens the lack of flexibility in the calves thus allowing you to reach the bottom position more efficiently. I love doing snatches in them now. I always avoided snatches before because I couldn't keep my heels flat at the bottom.

For years, I squatted in either Chuck Taylor's or high top Vans. I still use them for deadlifts, but no longer for squats or any overhead movement.

All the best,
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Old 10-23-2006, 09:19 PM   #6
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with the issue of shoes or what not...why not just use your bare feet? I squat, snatch and deadlift in just bare socks. I know that in normal running or tennis shoes, it tends to lean you forward and cause an imbalance in your stance. So to fix that i just do it all barefoot....
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Old 10-23-2006, 11:47 PM   #7
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The longer legs, the wider stance ...
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Old 10-24-2006, 04:27 AM   #8
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Charles,

Bare feet are fine up to a point but if you want a really heavy back, front or OH squat with to grass form you'll need lifting boots.
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Old 10-24-2006, 09:35 AM   #9
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Thanks guys, I have been considering platform lifting shoes for a while. What I have gathered from your recommendations is that toe angle should be a matter of comfort and not an attempt to keep them perfectly straight, am I right?
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