Wednesday, September 18, 2013

30 Days of Squat! (Day 18) - Don't Push Your Knees Out When Squatting??

Kirksman Teo, a weightlifter in Malaysia, has a website called LiftHard. On the site, he talks about his experiences in training and coaching, and he's not shy about sharing his opinions. I don't really know much about him, however I get the feeling that he is relatively new to training and an avid student.

On his site, I found the following two posts:
"Why we don't believe in knees pushed out when squatting" 
More info about China and the "ChuanFu Squats"
In the second post, he shares this video with Dan Green discussing his stance and the allowance of the knees to shift slightly inward on the drive from the hole:

There's no doubt that there has been (and still exists) a quasi-paranoia when it comes to knee position in the squat, and externally rotating the hips to an extreme to protect the knees will cause new issues. I don't really have much more to say on the matter except that there is a balance to be struck on upper body, hip, knee, and ankle positions while squatting. That balance is going to change depending on the individual, the load, and the task.

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