After figuring out how to load the foot properly, it's time to determine your optimal squatting position. The perfect squat will be a combination of proper foot loading > proper spinal centration and trunk stabilization > while moving through your natural range of motion which is dictated by your skeleton.
With this post I want to highlight some of the considerations and shine light on how someone's anatomy will determine how they should, or could, squat. A common myth or misconception in the fitness industry and among gym goers is that the only way to squat is to squat with your toes forward, heels loaded, with feet under your hips, shoulder width apart, forcing symmetry into the system. This is incorrect.
Human pelvic skeletal structure is an asymmetrical system. Just the same as our faces our not perfectly symmetrical and vary from person to person, such is everything else in our body. Forcing symmetry into an asymmetric system creates more problems that it checks off. Forcing someone to squat in a way that is not natural for their skeletal physiology does not do them any good.
A list of things that influence your squat mechanics (not limited to): ♠️Acetabular morphology (retroversion/normal/antiversion)
♠️Femural length (variation between left and right) ♠️Femural head angle (retroverted/normal/antiverted)
♠️Hip socket depth (shallow/normal/deep)
♠️Protrusions and bony growths. ♠️Variation from Left to Right hip in all these factors.
♠️Torso length and loading (high bar, low bar, front, zercher)
I need to remind the reader that these are all physical factors that cannot be changed by stretching, rolling, or mobility work. You can hypergun the shit out of your muscles but once you hit bone on bone the door is closed. Understanding this is paramount. The next step is identifying how to assess your squatting stance and if there are any neural inhibitions or weaknesses that are influencing your movement. If your squats dont feel good, book me for an assessment.