I have been working out now for a couple years on and off, but more steadily and seriously in the last 6-7 months or so. I've always been one of those preaching that is better to do less weight with perfect form rather than heavy weights and screwing your body up by creating imbalances.
The question I have, and I really hope someone can help me with is...in the last few days I've started paying attention to the fact that when I'm squatting the stance of my feet seems to be uneven. One of them is slightly behind the other, and slightly rotated outwards more.
During my last two leg workouts I tried to force the stance of my feet to be even.
- During the first workout it went ok (not great) and it resulted in one of my legs feeling being recruited more than the other, and also my back feeling not being recruited equally on both sides either…along with the feeling the barbell was sort of rotated to the same angle that I fixed with my now-even stance.
- During my second workout (yesterday) I just couldn’t seem to be able to keep my feet even. Whenever I would feel I was doing it right, I would go check my feet and there it was…the same stance as usual.
The way I go about the stance of my feet is: I first put the bar on my shoulders, then start squatting once I feel the stance of my feet distributes the weight equally on my feet.
What to do?
Do I continue forcing my stance to be even or are there exercises I can do to fix this?
Is the discomfort I feel due to the imbalance I might have already created by keeping my feet uneven and it will eventually go away if I keep forcing my stance?
Is it possible that the barbell is now just moving the right way and I wasn’t doing it right before and now one side feels like it’s being recruited more because the form I used to follow before was recruiting more the other side?
Is it possible that the uneven stance is natural and a way for your body to put equal stress on either leg and I should just keep doing squats the way I was doing it before? (I know legs are not usually the same length…although I cannot detect the difference)…at the end when I would look at myself from the side in a mirror I would see the bar parallel and moving in a perpendicular direction which seemed to be fine.
ANY HELP is appreciated.
Also…I noticed my right foot is slightly rotated outwards also when I do leg extensions. One foot is perpendicular to the floor, the other is slightly rotated outwards…let’s say at 1pm or so.
I have tried to create an image giving the idea of my stance when I squat.
If you care you can teach me how to REP or whatever and I'll do any of that for whoever decides to help me.
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