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2011/03/11 20:38:20 (permalink)

Squat stance...

Hi Gents, 

I typically favour a fairly narrow stance for squats. Whilst this offers me what seems to be greater strength and control, i cant help but be aware that it doesn't afford me depth. 

Seems alot of PL'ers favour the wide stance. May I ask whether this is purely due to depth or is it that with practice it also allows greater strength?

I can high squat 200+KG for a rep or 2 at this moment with a narrow stance.

 

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    Re:Squat stance... 2011/03/11 20:47:10 (permalink)
    Generally PL will use a wider stance because they favour a low-bar position which when combined with a wider stance will bring the posterior chain into the lift more. More muscles used = more weight used.

    Also, for equipped lifters a wider stance often will allow the lifter to get the most assistance out of his suit (depending on the suit).

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    Re:Squat stance... 2011/03/11 21:24:22 (permalink)
    As above.

    Many find it tougher to make depth with a wider stance than a mod due to flexability. Use the stance that dose the job for you.

    With practice you can make depth with any stance. WL have no probs doing almost full ROM squats with mod stances.

    TBH in that vid it your a) not too far of parallel and b) don't seem to not be able to go lower... of course that just going of a poorly angles vid :)

    If your not doing it already focus on pushing the legs ou, opening up the hips and squating inbetween your legs. This should help most aspects of your squat including depth. Carn't tell if your doing it on the vid?
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    Re:Squat stance... 2011/03/11 22:06:15 (permalink)
    Hi Gents,

    Thank you for your replies.

    Iain, I don't focus on pushing my legs out. I just keep my knees over my toes and sit into it. 

    I will try to get a couple more videos up in the next week. As im working between no higher than 80% of 1RM atm, I would like to take the time to somewhat address the depth.

    Thanks again. 

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    Re:Squat stance... 2011/03/12 09:49:46 (permalink)
    You can get depth without widening the stance to PL width, you just need to go wide enough to create the hole for your hips to lower into. Rotation of the hips can also affect this, if your hips are naturally rotated outwards slightly you may find it easier to get to the low position. You can help this by pointing the toes outwards slightly more.

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