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2005/07/20 15:03:56 (permalink)

squatting - keeping knees behind toes

I need to find out if my squatting technique is incorrect, and if it is its likely i've been doing it wrong for rather a long time now.....

By reading i need to keep my kness either level with or behind an imaginary vertical line drawn up from my toes, i'd started checking in the mirror if i was doing it right or not.

With no weight and looking across to a mirror i'd noticed, at bottom posotion of the squat, my knees were way in front of toes. Now i'm not sure if it alters when you have (considerable) weight on your back - i dont want to turn to the side to check when i have 115kg on my back, but in the last couple of weeks i've tried my best to sit back and down more, and really push through with the heals.

What else can i do?

Rodge.
post edited by BencherRdg - 2005/07/20 15:05:31

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    tokar
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    RE: squatting - keeping knees behind toes 2005/07/20 16:09:57 (permalink)
    I wouldn't say it's completely bad to have your knees coming in front of your toes- perhaps you have particularly long thighs?- but their being "way in front" of your toes doesn't sound too healthy to me. And you should be able to free squat in more or less the same form that you do with a heavy weight on your back.

    It's difficult to say what your problem might be without actually seeing you squat. As you say, the things to remember are to sit back (squat back rather than down) and keep your weight on your heels. It may be that you're overstating how far in front your knees are- that is, it might not be that much of a problem.
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    RE: squatting - keeping knees behind toes 2005/07/20 16:12:29 (permalink)
    As above mate, keep your weight on your heels and squat back rather than down. Since using good form like this I've found it fries my quads much better than just squatting straight down, which also puts strain on your knees i believe.
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    RE: squatting - keeping knees behind toes 2005/07/20 16:43:39 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: tokar

    I wouldn't say it's completely bad to have your knees coming in front of your toes- perhaps you have particularly long thighs?- but their being "way in front" of your toes doesn't sound too healthy to me. And you should be able to free squat in more or less the same form that you do with a heavy weight on your back.

    no, mate i actually have short legs! well i'm now aiming to keep knees level or slightly over toes then. Sorry i realise its hard without seeing me squat so sorry for the way the post was written

    It's difficult to say what your problem might be without actually seeing you squat. As you say, the things to remember are to sit back (squat back rather than down) and keep your weight on your heels. It may be that you're overstating how far in front your knees are- that is, it might not be that much of a problem.


    you maybe right, its just that been reading my Stuart McRobert book again and it got me analyising!

    Injured!!

    Squat 170kgx1 105kgx25
    Dead 200x1
    Decline Bench 80x6

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    RE: squatting - keeping knees behind toes 2005/07/20 16:58:15 (permalink)
    If your using a reasonably heavy weight its more important to get into a comfortable, safe position then mess about with having knees under/over/behind toes etc. Go on feel on the muscle, everybody has different structures, so everyone will have differing techniques.
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    RE: squatting - keeping knees behind toes 2005/07/21 14:03:10 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: BencherRdg


    ORIGINAL: tokar

    I wouldn't say it's completely bad to have your knees coming in front of your toes- perhaps you have particularly long thighs?- but their being "way in front" of your toes doesn't sound too healthy to me. And you should be able to free squat in more or less the same form that you do with a heavy weight on your back.

    no, mate i actually have short legs! well i'm now aiming to keep knees level or slightly over toes then. Sorry i realise its hard without seeing me squat so sorry for the way the post was written

    It's difficult to say what your problem might be without actually seeing you squat. As you say, the things to remember are to sit back (squat back rather than down) and keep your weight on your heels. It may be that you're overstating how far in front your knees are- that is, it might not be that much of a problem.


    you maybe right, its just that been reading my Stuart McRobert book again and it got me analyising!


    Although safety is of course important, I would worry overly about Stuart McRobert cos he does have a tendency to overstate things in a somewhat apocalyptic manner.
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    RE: squatting - keeping knees behind toes 2005/07/21 14:12:12 (permalink)

    Although safety is of course important, I would worry overly about Stuart McRobert cos he does have a tendency to overstate things in a somewhat apocalyptic manner.


    Tokar,

    Yes it does seem like that!! another thing is a picture of a squat stance (as in feet positioning) quite a bit wider than i'd imagined but i dont mean like a sumo stance! and feet flared out 35degrees.

    I tried this tuesay night when squatting and felt ok, along with me mkaing sure the other point was addressed (but i dont want to end up falling backwards either)

    Rodge

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    Squat 170kgx1 105kgx25
    Dead 200x1
    Decline Bench 80x6

    Formerly BencherRdg  (what a stoooopid name!)
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    RE: squatting - keeping knees behind toes 2005/07/21 15:18:47 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: BencherRdg


    Although safety is of course important, I would worry overly about Stuart McRobert cos he does have a tendency to overstate things in a somewhat apocalyptic manner.


    Tokar,

    Yes it does seem like that!! another thing is a picture of a squat stance (as in feet positioning) quite a bit wider than i'd imagined but i dont mean like a sumo stance! and feet flared out 35degrees.

    I tried this tuesay night when squatting and felt ok, along with me mkaing sure the other point was addressed (but i dont want to end up falling backwards either)

    Rodge


    A wider stance with your feet turned out could well make the difference. I see people trying to squat with ridiculously narrow stances sometimes, which makes it extremely difficult to squat back and keep the knees back. If you work on keeping your balance in a wider position you could find the problem disappears.
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    RE: squatting - keeping knees behind toes 2005/07/21 15:49:38 (permalink)
    ok cheers Tokar, I'll persevere with it and try and get my squat technique improved and try and get the poundages increased

    Rodge.

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    Squat 170kgx1 105kgx25
    Dead 200x1
    Decline Bench 80x6

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