Knees Out For Stronger Squats
How often does one see squats at meets that become good mornings out of the hole? This is similar to a deadlift where the hips shoot up at the start, turning the attempt into a stiff-legged deadlift. In both cases, the quadriceps' major contribution to the lift has been largely eliminated.
An easy way to prevent a good morning out of the hole is to keep one's knees shoved out throughout the squat. While some lifters descend with their knees shoved out, they often relax this position on the ascent. In addition to increasing strength, keeping the knees out will make reaching depth easier. For further discussion of this subject, see Mark Rippetoe and Stef Bradford's "Active Hip 2.0"
Myles Kantor is a powerlifting coach living in Israel. He has worked with top lifters including Mike Tuchscherer and Eric Talmant and writes about the sport at Elite Fitness Systems. While living in the United States, Myles competed in the USAPL, APF, and R.A.W. United. He can be contacted at email@example.com.