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I find it comfortable with my feet straight ahead, but notice most turn out. Is it wrong?
Anatomy plays a huge role here, especially the structure (and also mobility of your hips). Have a look at @Brett Jones´ article:Nope, not wrong.
Differences in anatomy (pelvic, in particular) can lead to people having differences in mobility in the hips, which can then lead to a change of stance.
Both Mark Wildman ...advocates that the feet should be pointing straight forward and not out.
@Thedeadgamer429 if it feels comfortable to you than it's probably a stance/position, that works for you and your structure - and that's the key here.
Anatomy plays a huge role here, especially the structure (and also mobility of your hips). Have a look at @Brett Jones´ article:
(There was also a newer video posted on the StrongFirst FB and IG channels a while ago).Here's how to individualize foot position for symmetrical stance exercises like swings and squats using the lock and rock and some knowledge of our anatomy.www.strongfirst.com
"Don't force a square peg into a round hole" as he likes to say. Work with you structure and adjust your stance and position accordingly.
Usually, "your comfort is not our concern" but in this case I'd say comfortable is good - until it gets heavy
Both Mark Wildman and Mark Lauren (you are your own gym) advocates that the feet should be pointing straight forward and not out. Not sure about their rationale behind that. Can check Laurens book when Im back home from work if anyons interested.
I’ve been farting about with changing it and I won’t lie. Toes straight forward feels more powerful than toes out. I think I began kettlebells as a toe forward guy and then pointing out and then began barbell squatting that way too. It’s probably the same as eyes fixed on a point or eyes tracking naturally. Just go with what’s comfortable.
Used that very cue about 2 weeks ago showing someone swings when we found a 16kg holding a door open at the judo club in my local sports centre. Was a piece of junk but he wanted to learn swings.If I'm teaching someone, I ask them first to just get into a position to jump on top of something, and look at where their feet and hips are instinctively.
I don't know how well that works for people who are totally un-athletic or never played sports as a kid, though.
I remember Kennith Jay had strong opinions on this as well.Both Mark Wildman and Mark Lauren (you are your own gym) advocates that the feet should be pointing straight forward and not out. Not sure about their rationale behind that. Can check Laurens book when Im back home from work if anyons interested.
Thanks for your discretion here.Likewise, in Kettlebell STRONG!, Geoff weighs pros and cons about feet pointed out vs straight. I don't know how much information is appropriate to share since STRONG! is a paid course. But the jist is that forward is better IF your body allows that (this is where previously mentioned Brett Jones' article comes in), because feet facing forward is better for the mechanics of the hips. The caveat is that STRONG! is about double kb ballistics which generally require wider stance to make room for the bells, so a potential issue is whether the rationale is applicable to narrower stance as well.