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Old 04-10-2007, 09:46 AM   #1
Shane Upchurch
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I was wondering, is there any specific position your knees and feet should be in during the squat? My toes and knees point outward slightly instead of straight on, is that a problem?
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Old 04-10-2007, 10:02 AM   #2
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I find something similar happens when I do heavy cleans or overhead squats. My knees flare out to the corners instead of pointing straight forward. I don't know why, or if its bad. I've watched some videos of olympic lifters, some do it, some don't. There is a very famous picture of TOmmy Kono in the bottom position of an overhead squat and his knees are almost going 180 degrees, so I feel a little better. SOrry I can't offer any help, but I have the same question.
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Old 04-10-2007, 04:02 PM   #3
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The important thing to focus on is that your knees are tracking over your toes - whether they point forward or out.
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Old 04-11-2007, 02:22 AM   #4
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Fact is, women (generally) have a wider pelvis than men, and that means the femur hangs in at an angle, rather than straight, as on a guy, causing additional pressure to the knees. I've got a pretty wide pelvis (38" hips currently) and that, coupled with a long back, long femur, short shins and extremely inflexible ankles, means I find it absolutely impossible to squat with thighs parallel. If I don't take a wide stance with feet pointed out, I absolutely cannot get low enough.

Find what works for your build and do as Veronica says and make sure your knees go over your toes.

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