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    Pillar of Boxes said it. You need to find what works best for you. For the longest time since a teenager I used an oly style squat setup. it worked great for being I built 28'quads doing so. as time passes I started to experiment with different styles. I seemed to have adapted pretty well to all of them. squatting is life. it's the king of all exercises. I can walk in the gym feeling like shit. spend some time in the squat rack and man, what a difference.
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    and over 35 years of squatting and never a single knee issue. Even now I don't wear sleeves and I only wrap when going for a tough double or single. Part of spreading the floor terminology is to keep your knees from caving inward.
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    It's not really "spreading the floor" it's more of just rooting your feet to the ground.

    And as u get stronger your stance will naturally feel better going wider because your hips are such a strong part of the squat and will want to take most of the load.
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    Try the Viduus Method. By most standards, I do a lot of things different than most people but it works for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Viduus View Post

    How universal is the whole wide-stance “spread the floor” style for squatting?

    While going on an Internet journey researching lifting shoes I came across some writings on that method. (West side?)

    As most of you know, I’m about as far from a PL as one could possibly be. I do a fair amount of squats and some OLY lifts like cleans but I’ve never pushed myself.

    As I attempt to go a lot heavier on my squatting, is this the method I should focus on?
    There was this guy in my gym who would only squat wide stance, said he couldn't get to paralell without having a wide stance due to his gut being in the way lol.
    NOt saying its a thing just for fat/heavier people, but it definitely is an advantageous position for them. I usually take a shoulder width stance as my basic stance, the heavier I go, the wider my stance gets. Never gets to sumo width though.

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    Even though im a bodybuilder, i do a wide stance squat and sumo deadlift. For me it works because i can keep my form better and it feels easier on my knees. And for what it's worth, i recall louis from Westside saying something along the lines of "a wide stance guy can go narrow and lift just as much, but not the other way around"

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    I think you should spread that whore I mean floor no matter how wide your stance is. The purpose is to root into the ground as my man Ecks said. Width is preference, I think rooting into the ground should be mandatory.

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