There are several theories of working-out and exercising out there and the goal is to find what works for you. I went to a personal training conference recently and learned a few new ideas and squatting is one of them. Most theories state that you should keep your back straight (or spine aligned) and knees over your ankles. I feel that when you do perform a squat this way the pressure is greatest on the back. It’s definitely hard to keep your knees over your ankles and keep your back straight. I strongly believe that when performing “the perfect squat,” your lower body and upper body share the weight and pressure. The back and the shins should be parallel ( / / ). So, yes your knees should be “sticking out” over your feet, but remember to keep them parallel with the back. I also feel that squatting should be taken seriously cause it can cause so many problems or injuries if not performed correctly. Personally, I do not squat. I take advantage of the leg press and other machines for the smaller leg muscles. Lunges should also be performed like the squat, but please be very careful while performing these movements.
See how his back and shins are very close to being parallel. Please keep your feet pointed straight ahead and hip or shoulder width apart.
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September 8th, 2008