Won’t pointing your toes far out put your back in a more upright position because the midfoot is now further back? Possibly making the lift more leg and hip dominant and less back and hamstring?
Does the same go for wearing a shoe with a heel?[/quote]
No. When your toes are turned far out, ext. rotation is inhibitied like I explained before. A major reason why this inhibition happens is the stretch that is occuring in the lower leg (from the post tib stretch/knee being forced into an “unlocked” position) pulls your femur to the front of your hip capsule. This is an extremely unstable position. Now that the femur is out of place, a lot of the postural muscles can’t be activated properly making you more likely to fall forward in a squat. Try sitting on something low, with your feet wide and your toes turned out. With a tight, arched back, lean forward at the hips until you start to lose your arch. Sit back up, turn you toes in, and try it again. Upper body movment will be much more limited in this postion because now everything is were it should be and you are in the most biomechanically advantageous position to squat.
What makes the squat more hip dominant is starting in a good position and violently driving your knees out the entire time. [/quote]
I was just trying to figure out why I have such a hard time keeping my back from curling up on the ascent when I do the toes in. I can explode out of the hole with the toes in no problem but once I’m out that’s when the back curling occurs and I’m too far out of position to recover.
When I have my feet out a ways, I don’t have the that problem nearly as bad, but I don’t seem to have quite as much drive out of hole. I reckon because I don’t have the same hip torque. I can lift more this way too.
One thing I find weird is that I don’t have a back curling problem on DLs with my feet pointed straight forward, I’m stronger and my back doesn’t collapse.
Sorry about the hijack.[/quote]
I’ve never seen you squat, so I really have no idea. I would assume some sort of mobility problem, technique issue, or muscular weakness.
If it’s mobility it’s most likely your hip flexors, hamstrings, or ext. rotators that are pulling you out of posisiton. The technique issue could be not arhiing hard enough or not driving your knees out hard enough or not bracing your abs hard enough. If its muscular, you most likely need to work the hell out of every part of your back, glutes, and hamstrings.
Again, I’ve never seen you squat. These are just assumptions.