Well, I realized if the discussion continued as it was going, I would wind up totally hijacking the Diablo Barbell thread, so, I’m going to post my thoughts and questions here.
As I stated over in that thread, I’ve been squatting with a moderate width(about 22", thats measured from the heels, though I keep my feet slightly turned out) and getting ass to the grass. However, noticing the tendency towards very wide stances, I asked after why that method was used and learned from several that it was a matter of minimizing ROM, sparing the knees, and equalizing strength distribution between quads, hams, and glutes.
Now, I’ve tested my ability to squat wide, and its pretty sad. I lose my balance while trying to sit back and avoid putting my knees over my toes(I’m glad I did this sans weights). When I squat normally the knees come a bit foreward but just to the toes or not quite even that.
I’ve also seen pictures of persons(generally olympic lifters) squatting about like I do(a little more then shoulder width) and they seem to handle plenty of weight, and not be suffering terrible knee problems.
So, in the end, where does everyone stand?(no pun intended)
How far is too far for the knees to go? Should the back wind up slightly inclined but straight? For those that are wide standers, did you have to work up to this, and how?