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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