How do I know my squat depth?
The simplest way to find your proper depth is to have someone video you from the side as you squat using just the bar. You should squat down as deep as possible while maintaining a strong flat back. Once your pelvis starts to tilt under your body (butt wink) you’ve gone too far.
What is considered a wide squat?
Take a wider stance when squatting, such as 140-150 percent of shoulder width. This allows for greater posterior displacement of the hips.
What do Wide squats target?
The gluteal group and inner thigh muscles come alive in the wide stance version of the squat, while the quadriceps recruitment is reduced. Conversely, a narrower stance increases quadriceps recruitment and minimizes hip muscle involvement. For those looking to really blast the quads, a narrow stance is the way to go.
Is wide stance squat easier?
A 1.5 times shoulder-width stance will be stronger for most people because (1) there’s greater glute activation, (2) it requires less ankle mobility, (3) it produces more power than narrow squats, and (4) it can protect against excessive lumbar flexion (low back rounding) while squatting.
How far apart should your feet be when squatting?
Having the feet shoulder width apart with the toes pointed slightly outwards will help the overall development of the quadriceps muscle. Having the feet close together with the toes pointing straight ahead will help with outer thigh development (vastus lateralis).