It wasn't until I started squatting as Rippetoe described in starting strength that I was able to squat more than 400lbs. I *used* to squat in powerlifting with an extremely wide stance and it was easy'ish to lift heavy weights. However, for whatever reason, I couldn't activate my glutes enough to come up out of the hole when I went above about 380. I then moved my stance closer and tried the feet forward thing, and that didn't work for shit but I could tell that I was using more of my posterior chain (namely my ass) when I stopped briefly at the bottom and forced back up. Finally I tried Rip's suggestion of narrow stance, 30 deg foot placement AND looking down and it all clicked. I felt it in my hip flexors the most but it got me off the plateau I was at and it worked for me.
Originally Posted by RichMahogany
I don't lift that heavy anymore just because I don't feel the need, but I still use the technique with a 2-3 second rest pause at the bottom with an explosive lift for high reps (20) and it has helped my sprinting endurance a whole helluva lot.
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