What are narrow squats good for?
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.
What are narrow stance squats called?
A narrow stance squat can also be called a close stance squat and is a back squat, which is performed with the feet at around shoulder-width apart, or sometimes even closer. The feet should point forwards and be in line with your knees.
Is a wide squat stance OK?
Wide squats allow for more comprehensive movement that better works the hips than traditional squats. The hips are multidirectional joints, producing force in three planes of motion. The wide-stance squat provides the best option to train the hips in all three planes.
What is hack squat?
The hack squat involves standing on the plate, leaning back onto the pads at an angle, with the weight placed on top of you by positioning yourself under the shoulder pads. The weight is then pushed in the concentric phase of the squat. Simply put, when you stand back up, that’s when the weight is pushed away from you.
Why do powerlifters squat so wide?
Being in a wider stance will allow you to recruit your glutes more, produce more power, and require less mobility through your ankles and hips. Practically speaking, I’ve seen several examples of powerlifters getting strong in both narrow and wide squat stance.
How far should legs be apart for squats?
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).