Friend and Athlete Shawn B. put me up on this debate from the Crossfit Channel.
Once checked out, however, I realized that two JD Approved + respectable people in the training world – Kelly Starrett of Mobility WOD and “Becoming A Supple Leopard“, along with Lon Kilgore, Co-Author of “Starting Strength“, were on the panel discussing the PRO side of “Knees Out” as a cue for squatting.
It’s a great 30 minute piece for coaches/trainers and especially the layman/laywoman trying to understand all of this madness.
What’s my take, you ask?
All panelists bring great points to the table. But ultimately, I feel that “Knees Out” is a great cue for most of the population that tends to lose hip stability and buckle their knees inward during the bottom position of the squat. The problem, obviously with any cue when used as a guideline or gospel in a book, is that there is no coach there with you.
There’s nobody to correct or give you the thumbs up.
Where does this leave the elite level athlete?
2 very different starting and end points, unfortunately, and that’s the problem with relying on a book or video to teach you.
Will I use, “Knees Out” when necessary and coaching my athletes. YES.
Should anyone ever rely on a book to teach them Movement?
I just want you to…
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