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Old 08-13-2009, 03:47 AM   #1
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"Acceptable" modifications to squat form for tall guys

Hey all,

Was working with one of our Level 1s on squat technique. Long story short, we found that making my stance slightly wider than shoulder width greatly improved my ability to get proper depth. Are there any downsides to this adjustment or is this an acceptable modification to the basic back squat technique?
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Old 08-13-2009, 05:20 AM   #2
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Re: "Acceptable" modifications to squat form for tall guys

don't think so, I have had to make the same corrections to my squat technique. Only thing I've noticed is I have to keep my hips extremely active to not let my knees come in.

Also, I'd love to hear peoples thoughts on high bar vs. low bar for tall people with shorter torsos/long femurs....
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Old 08-13-2009, 07:06 AM   #3
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Re: "Acceptable" modifications to squat form for tall guys

I am 6'2" and have found moving from a high bar to a low(er) bar position has greatly improved my squatting ability. On the fact that you need to spread your feet a little wider I think is acceptable because I have found that people stay on their heels more.
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Re: "Acceptable" modifications to squat form for tall guys

Low bar is much more comfortable for me personally.
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Old 08-13-2009, 09:45 AM   #5
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Re: "Acceptable" modifications to squat form for tall guys

Wider tends to engage more posterior chain... so if your goal is sports or athletic activity that is fine
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Old 08-13-2009, 04:02 PM   #6
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Re: "Acceptable" modifications to squat form for tall guys

I am 6'5" and try to randomize the position of my feet as much as possible. Some days are a more sumo stance and others shoulder width. It is still very difficult to bottom out regardless of how strong I actually get but it does seem to help. I honestly think it is more psychological than anything else at least for me.
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Re: "Acceptable" modifications to squat form for tall guys

Wider stance with feet pointing out puts less isolation on the quads and activates the hip a lot more.
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Old 08-14-2009, 10:44 AM   #8
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Re: "Acceptable" modifications to squat form for tall guys

Wide is fine, just make sure your knees are tracking out and not in, or you might be torquing the hell out of them. Also, do some extra IT band stretching - I suspect my slightly-wide (not sumo or anything) stance has something to do with my recent, painful, ITBS.
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