- Joined Oct 3, 2012
"Pushing through the heel" is an overused cue that is used when squatting. It is mainly used to make sure the squatter doesn't shift their weight forward during the concentric phase of the squat but you should be driving up up through your both the midfoot/heel.Can someone explain why when squatting people teach pushing through the heels? I've read that it puts less stress on the knees and lower back, but it seems like in most natural movements (running, jumping, etc) you strike with your forefoot, not your heel.
I tried squatting pushing through the midfoot/forefoot today instead of the heel as I usually do and the movement felt much more quad dominant, whereas usually I barely feel my quads working.