Many years ago, I had an online "interaction" with a trainer of some prominence who said that the cue to "drive through the heels" while squatting was stupid because the weight should be evenly distributed throughout the foot. Yes, it is true that the weight should be evenly distributed, however the reason for the cue to "drive through the heels" is to discourage the common error to shift the weight to ball of the foot, and to engage the hips and hamstrings more, NOT to literally (and potentially dangerously) shift the weight backward on the heels.
It's interesting because Dr. Stuart McGill mentions the heel drive in this interview: Dr. Stuart McGill Interview while discussing the bird-dog pose at about 45 minutes into the interview.
After seeing, literally, hundreds of people struggling (sometimes unknowingly) with squat form, I decided to create the Squat Rx instructional videos on squat form and training. This blog is meant to be a platform for those videos, and a place of discussion about strength and conditioning issues for coaches, trainers, teachers, athletes, students, and enthusiasts. Posts and articles are meant to provoke thought, inspiration, and reflection.
My athletic background is in gymnastics, Tae Kwon Do, competitive swimming, powerlifting, and kettlebells. I have coached swimming at the age-group, high school, D3, and masters levels, served as a S&C coach at the high school level, and conducted kettlebell workshops and classes for CrossFit, high school students, and personal trainers.
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