🍑 LONG LEGS? CONSIDER TRYING A WIDER STANCE! 🔥
✅ Everybody knows that one little guy who squats hundreds of pounds ATG without really much trouble, maintaining a super neutral back like it ain’t even funny. On the other hand, tall people can’t even get to parallel without tilting their pelvis, (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing) but still..
🚨 Why so?
✅ Can we say Genetics? Yes. Short people have the “advantage” of having shorter bones (in this case short femurs) which makes them perfectly fitting for squatting. They’re made to squat., because of their advantageous leverages.
On the other hand, tall people with long femurs, aren’t really the best individuals for squats, but that can’t really be used as an excuse not to.
Quite infact we can actually “mimick” these cues by simply widening the foot stance and reducing the moment arm of the hip to knee distance in relation to the weight. The picture will make much more sense than words so swipe left to understand what I’m talking about.
Anyway, the squat becomes very close to what a shorter person would squat like, because when you see it from the side (sagittal plane) or even from the top (transverse plane), the wider angle of your knees will actually reduce the hip-to-femur length under the bar.
It’s not like it actually cuts your femur in half, no, but from a physics and moment arm perspective, that’s basically what happens.
🚨 And by “shortening” our femur, it means that we’re actually emulating a short person’a squat, in a way therefore making the leverage more advantageous for us to squat with:
Placing the body in a position to create longer moment arms is going to direct more load on that particular joint, as opposed to shorter moment arms.
✅ While this will obviously not apply to every single one of us, it can still be something that can help you squat safer & in a much more mechanical advantageous position.
And before you guys start pointing out the fact that a wider stance has a less effect quad development, know that the research does not support that claim