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Feeling Weaker w/ New Squat Stance?


#1

Does anyone here feel weaker when they slightly modify their squat stance. Im not sure, maybe it was the prying but I used to squat with feet pointed out shoulder width. Then changed to feet shoulder width slightly pointed out. Then today adapted to a slighty wider than shoulder width with feet slighty out and felt significantly weaker.

Is it because they hit different parts of the leg?


#2

As far as my understanding goes...the closer together your legs are the more you use your quads in the lift. The farther apart the more you're using your hamstrings and back.


#3

wider also involves the adductors more. also the outside of your hip. to do with shoving your knees out more / harder, i think.

pretty sure it was Ripptoe... but maybe someone else...

where i read that one should treat an adjustment in stance as starting to do a new exercise. in other words, don't expect to move the weights you moved with a different stance (at least not yet!!) and be sure to warm up for the stance you want to work.


#4

This is what I was thinking. I'm not an expert, so take this with a grain of salt, but it seems to me that it takes a few times for your body to get into the 'grove' of a new movement.


#5

Here was what I experienced. I change up my "squat" every 2-3 months, mostly out of boredom.

Back squat to Sumo squat: Weight I could squat went up.

Sumo squat to zercher squat: Weight was cut in half.