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What’s the REAL difference between wide squats versus close stance squats…

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It’s all about leverage. Having full understanding of the physics behind the movement allows you to create better movements and safer exercises for your fitness clients.

If you want to keep your knees healthy and you workout just for a healthy strong body, avoid squatting too low (below 70 degrees). The typical recommendation of squatting to parallel or “butt to the ground” is just not healthy.
Below are two studies to prove this point:

 

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19276845

 

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11949662

 

These studies also prove why you don’t want to do wall squats. A wall squat on both legs produces more knee cap stress than a one leg squat!

 

The only tie you would want to squat low is if you are an athlete and your sport requires you to be in that deep squat position. Working out for vanity is NOT the same as working out for performance. The recent trend is to maximize both, but you can’t.

Vanity is about making muscles work as hard as possible to burn calories and built / tone muscles. Therefore you lift in way to make the weight feel as heavy as possible by maximizing the lever arm.

 

For athletes working out for performance, it the exact opposite. Athletes want to make the weight feel as light as possible and minimize the lever arm. This will allow the athlete to work harder and longer without fatigue.

 

 

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