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Old 10-15-2007, 08:26 AM   #1
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Squats for tall, thin guys

My 15 yr. old son is almost 6'2" and very thin (any thinner he'd only need 1 eye!) When he squats his knees turn inwards at the bottom, and the outsides of his feet leave the floor. I've heard comments about tall people having to squat differently than others. Any thoughts or comments?

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Old 10-15-2007, 08:35 AM   #2
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Re: Squats for tall, thin guys

Kevin,
When I first started squatting, I did the same thing for a long time. My knees would always bend inwards especially when lifting heavy. It seems that as I built up more strength in the legs, it stopped all together after a while. I am 6'1" and full grown... It sounds like he still has a good way to go!
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Old 10-15-2007, 08:53 AM   #3
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Re: Squats for tall, thin guys

Personally I wouldn't accept knees rolling in and the outsides of the feet lifting as an acceptable modification due to height. I would just keep working at it until it doesn't happen anymore. My wife does this sometimes and I just make sure I mention it to her and have her consciously push her knees out over her toes. (a nice side effect of that is she stops thinking about going deep enough and actually gets deeper )

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Old 10-15-2007, 08:56 AM   #4
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Re: Squats for tall, thin guys

Sometimes leg bone length ratios can have an impact on squat technique, but height alone is not a factor. The mechanics for someone who is 6' 1" is the same as someone who is 5' 1", though the shorter person will have an easier time getting a good bodyweight squat due to strength to weight ratios. The rolling in of the knee is just lack of strength and that he's still learning the mechanics. It will fade. Don't allow him to do heavy weight with that technique. Work it up, insist on perfect form (even though it won't happen every time).
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Old 10-15-2007, 10:00 AM   #5
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Re: Squats for tall, thin guys

If it's just a technique issue, you may want to try some goblet squats, emphasizing the elbows pushing the knees out. Video here of Dan John coaching this (and some other stuff): WFS
http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...81301858251744
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Old 10-15-2007, 10:18 AM   #6
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Re: Squats for tall, thin guys

This is a concern I have as well-- I am 6', with long legs-- is it safer to ramp up using dumb bells until the legs get strengthened up enough to handle a barbell move better?
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Re: Squats for tall, thin guys

Why use dumbells? Why not just do body squats and other squat therapy, or just use an empty barbell to learn and get comfortable with the barbell on your back? If you're going to use dumbells lighter then 20 lbs each I'd say just do body squats until you learn the right technique anyway...
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Old 10-15-2007, 11:51 AM   #8
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Re: Squats for tall, thin guys

True-- good point--
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Old 10-15-2007, 12:45 PM   #9
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Re: Squats for tall, thin guys

Thank you all. We're going to back off the weight as Roger suggests. We won't sacrifice technique for weight, especially as he's still growing.

Chris...took your suggestion a few weeks ago and hooked up with the folks at Crossfit Langley. I've worked out with them 4 times and have greatly enjoyed it. Real professionals and highly recommended. Thanks.
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Old 10-15-2007, 01:50 PM   #10
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Re: Squats for tall, thin guys

Good to hear! Ya, I would just recommend a conscious effort to keep those knees out over the toes, and weight in the heels and keep it light until the form is consistently correct.
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