Tag - mobility

More mobility isn’t always good…

Earlier I wrote about why I don’t like the “knees out” cue in the squat (parts 1 and 2 here and here). It often comes down to athletes not understanding which muscles to use, and some being too mobile for their own good. They have trouble finding alignment.I also mentioned why not everybody needs the same amount of “mobility work” – working on it can actually predispose some to injury. If you have more passive ROM at a joint than...

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Why I don’t like “Knees out!” in the squat, Part 2

In Part 1 I talked about how an athlete’s mobility makes them respond to the “knees out” squat command differently, some of the complications that creates, and why it matters. I’d like to dig a little bit deeper into another reason I’m not a huge fan of using this phrase as a primary instruction. Downside #2 – Not Knowing Your Purpose The second reason I don't like using "knees out" is closely related to the last point form part 1: many...

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Why I don’t like “Knees out!” in the squat, Part 1

To be totally frank, I'm not a fan of the "knees out" coaching cue in squats. Sure, I use it from time to time with certain athletes and lifters. But I don't generally like it for 2 reasons. First, I think it actually has the potential to screw people up, depending on their individual joint characteristics. Second, I think that there are many trainers and coaches out there who don't actually know what the purpose of that cue actually...

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