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Old 10-22-2007, 10:53 AM   #1
Jay Nel
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OHS, Width of feet and toe position?

I'm about a month into CF and have been getting a little stronger at the OHS. I find that if my stance is a little wider than shoulder width and my toes pointed out slightly I am able to OHS with better form (deeper squat and back on my heels). Because I've never been trained in the OHS I'm not sure what the proper width of the feet and toe placement should be.

This exercise is probably one of the toughest out there for overall body strength and I would like to start increasing the weight but I want to make sure my form is correct.
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Old 10-22-2007, 01:12 PM   #2
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Re: OHS, Width of feet and toe position?

From what I have been instructed, the key is to make sure that your knees always follow the direction of your toes. If they don't, then your knees are absorbing the weight at bad angles.

Today's image shows this perfectly:
"Left: knees adduct - bad, Right: knees track over feet - good"
http://www.crossfit.com/mt-archive2/...sVsGood-th.jpg
Enlarged: http://www.crossfit.com/mt-archive2/...neesVsGood.jpg

So, it is OK to point your toes out slightly, but make sure that you knees always stay over top of your toes, or else you will be adducted (which is bad).

Regarding width of stance, I've seen plenty of people with good form who stand much wider than their shoulder width. I think it is just a matter of finding the width that feels most comfortable to you while allowing you to maintain proper form.

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