Mar 052016
 

Really good article by Bret Contreras on how femur length causes people to squat differently.

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How Femur Length Affects Squat Mechanics

Meet Maren and Brett; the two latest Glute Squad members. They are the same height, but their torso and femur proportions differ markedly. Maren has a longer torso and shorter femurs, whereas Brett has a short torso and long femurs. See how much higher Brett’s hip joint center is compared to Maren’s?

Left: Maren – longer torso, shorter femurs      Right: Brett – shorter torso, longer femurs

Left: Maren – longer torso, shorter femurs Right: Brett – shorter torso, longer femurs

I asked Maren and Brett to squat down with 95 lbs and hold the bottom position for a few seconds so I could snap a pic. I didn’t give them any instructions as I wanted to capture their natural squat mechanics.

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