Humor me. Take a hip width stance, squat ass to ankles and be sure to have your weight balanced in your feet. Now take that stance out 2” and go again. Repeat again. Okay, keep going out 2” until you are as wide as you can get and you become limited by your ankle, knee and hip range. What happened to your torso with each #squat? Unless you are a unicorn, it probably changed from rep to rep.
A great coach (@mikeburgener) once told me that “90% of all missed lifts in Olympic-style #weightlifting can be attributed to the feet.” I heard this quote maybe 5 years ago and it took me a long time to fully appreciate the depth of its meaning.
If you think of the feet as the foundation that creates the base of support for the rest of the system, it would make sense that you would want your feet to both start and finish in the same location when performing the #snatch and #cleanandjerk otherwise your “house” would look slightly different every time. This makes for bad motor learning and sub-optimal mechanics.
So how do we accomplish this seemingly daunting task? Easy. I tell my lifters that you have 2 positions for everything you do. Your #deadlift, #press, #pushpress, #pushjerk, and #jerk all mimic the stance of how you would start on the bar for your lifts. Your #backsquat, #frontsquat, #overheadsquat and any other squatting derivative mimics the receiving position of your lifts. If you train with any regularity, the volume and therefore learning of these foot positions add up very fast. Put your feet where you want them to go and the rest of the body will follow.
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