For a while now I’ve slowly been trying to get into olympic lifting. The closest club is apparently 30 minutes from where I live (halifax, canada) so all my technique is learned from the net.
Anyway, a problem I’ve been having for a while is with front squats, and leaning forward, especially at the bottom of the lift. I know hip, ankle mobility is part of the problem, but it just didn’t feel right. After closely the video’s off gayle hatch’s site, and reading as many articles on it as I could find, I figured out I could keep my torso MUCH more vertical by placing my feet just outside shoulder witdh, and letting the knees bend more towards the sides. This feels 100% better then before.
However, I just read Sean Waxman’s article on the snatch, and it says never to go outside shoulder witdh, ever. Anyone know the reasoning for this? or the pros and cons for both? Also, should you still be trying to sit back at all on the front squat or just go straight down? Either way I’ll be doing alot of mobility work in the near future, as I already know that is one of my weaknesses.