Mobility, Flexibility & Training Prep

Ankle Mobility For Squats & Olympic Weightlifting

The best way to improve your ankle mobility is also the simplest.

Charles Janicki 2019-10-11
Greg, I am old time master lifter. My bottom position seems to be quite solid and low enough. However, my left foot has always shifted or rotates out I would say approx. 30 degrees when I hit bottom. Will these mobility exercises work with this foot rotation or do you have other videos or recommendations to correct this issue? I have been lifting on and off since the late 70's and this has always been the norm for me. Any input would be appreciated. Regards.
Typically that kind of forced outward rotation is the body's way of getting around a limited range of dorsiflexion, so yes, improving your ankle mobility should help this... That said, you've been doing that for 50 years, so that movement pattern is about as ingrained as possible, so the ability to squat without that rotation likely won't have a significant effect without really working on changing the skill side of things. If your bottom position feels solid, I honestly wouldn't invest much time and energy into trying to "fix" it.

Greg Everett
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