Having trouble keeping my lower legs stable when I squat
I'm having a bit of trouble with this. Normally my squat form is pretty good - I maintain good posture and bend pretty well at the hips. I work on hip mobility almost every time I workout in some way and I really focus on moving the right way when I warm up for squats.
But I notice that on heavier lifts I can't keep my knees stable when I'm pushing up from the bottom of the lift. Lowering the weight isn't a big problem though.
Could it be a shoe problem? I've been working out a lot in running shoes, which don't provide the best ankle support. I just don't want to hurt my knees.
No, I've been trying to ramp up my weights since I started this program. I'm in the 3rd week and this is the only time I've really felt this was a problem. You could be right though, I could be trying to progress too quickly.
Maybe switching up my stance would help? My stance is pretty narrow, so if I switched to a wider stance, could it correct some of the problems?
what i mean by that is pushing your feet outward, into the side of your shoe, as if you were trying to spread the floor that you are standing on outward. That should help to engage the abductors (glute max/med, TFL) to maintain femoral control as you extend your hips out of the bottom position.
Work on the idea of spreading the floor and staying tight with your light weights, as you ramp up, to get a feel.
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Shoes make a hell of a difference. I squatted in my Nike Shox for a long time, years, ever since I got rid of a super thin/flat soled pair of Diesel sneakers I had which just fell apart on me. Not that stability was a problem, but I was getting some knee pains. One day I decided to squat barefoot and felt great, then Pat posted this article and it sealed the deal for me. I tend to pronate my foot, and having soft soles plus a few hundred pounds on my back did not really work well for my knees. I am now a huge proponent of proper footwear for the activity at hand as I've been in my Samba's for a couple of weeks now, the squat feels more natural and my knee's are thanking the hell out of me.
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