The Most Common FMS Squat Question
Written by Gray Cook Wednesday, June 18, 2014 FMS Pod Casts
Question: Why it is important to maintain toes forward in a deep squat test on the Functional Movement Screen?
- The normal squat is an exercise and the Functional Movement Screen is not testing your knowledge of exercise - it is testing your movement
- A round back and feet pointed out during a relaxed squat is not necessarily a bad thing
- Do not bring exercise rules into movement patterns
- Once most people turn their toes out, they do not keep their knees in line or slightly outside of the foot
- The best and strongest foot position in a regular squat is with an out-turn
- A movement screen is not measuring anything
- In the FMS deep squat-- toes forward, feet at shoulder width or slightly wider.
- The out-turn is removed from the FMS deep squat
- Those individuals who turn their toes out prefer to squat valgus, anteriorly tilt the pelvis, and pronate the feet.
- With a narrow base, you are showing that even in a tight situation, movement is still present
- The heel lift gives a mechanical advantage to those people who need an out-turn
- Downhill trajectory to make the core fire better
- A heel lift helps people with mobility and/or stability problems