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Tips for Tall Squatters

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3 Tips To Squat Deep For Tall Guys (long femurs)

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Tips for Tall Squatters Vs Short Squatters

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Squats for Tall People A Complete Set-up Guide — Tiger Fitness. Elite powerlifter Rob Merriweather shows tall squatters how to set up their hand and bar placement, foot width, and how to structure their assistance work. Rob Merriweather shows tall squatters how to set up their hand and bar placement, foot width, and how to structure their assistance work. First, you can start your squat from a seated position, Jack says. Simply sit down, and plant your feet on the floor.

From there, keep your chest up, knees out, and push down through the floor to stand up. Lower back down to the chair. If you have a knee issue that hurts when you squat, start from a seated position and push up just a couple inches. Set up before you squat: Find a foot stance that feels best for you.

Pointing your toes slightly outwards helps some, but keeping them parallel is fine, too. If you’re not sure what’s best, start by putting your feet shoulder-width apart and pointed about 15 degrees outwards. The knuckles should be facing the ceiling. Step back out of the rack and stand tall, keeping the weight close to the body. Next, the mechanics of the squat itself aren’t that different from typical squats.

If you’re someone who likes to break at the knees first, it may be a good idea to try more of a hip break during Zerchers. Sadly, this squat does not include a goblet full of wine. Instead, hold a kettlebell, dumbbell, or medicine ball at your sternum (the center of your chest).

With a. I recommend front squatting over back squatting because poor ankle mobility, long femurs, and a bar loaded on the back is a recipe for a squat that resembles a good morning. A front load can encourage a vertical torso position, which will help tall guys get the most out of their squat.

Open Chain Exercises Can Help You Get Huge. Related: Squats for Tall Lifters A Complete Set-up Guide Being tall can complicate an already complex lift, as our femurs are longer and leverages mechanically speaking, track in a manner, unlike our shorter counterparts. Therefore, technique and form are vital to successfully building the deadlift.

Squats: Front squat, back squat, box squat, and goblet squats. If you go with back squats, check out my article about common squat mistakes. Hip hinge: Trap-bar deadlift, conventional deadlift, sumo deadlift, and Romanian deadlift. Need a guide? I just so happen to have one handy.

If you want to do a form of squats, where you wrap the band around the back of your neck, just above your traps, and stand on the bottom of the band, then the blue band is good. If you have a set of 5, you can work up to the green and gray band as well for this type of exercise. The same applies to deadlifts. Presses, squats, dips, deadlifts, and pull ups make up just a few of the exercises you can use a power rack for.

If you only need something to hold the bar so you can set up properly for a squat, a full rack may be overkill for you.

List of related literature:

To make this exercise more effective, do the movements in a 4-count sequence1) step to side, keeping hips and shoulders square, 2) lower body into a squat, 3) stand, 4) drag non-lead leg in, placing feet together.

“Fitness Instructor Training Guide” by Cheryl L. Hyde, American Association for Active Lifestyles and Fitness
from Fitness Instructor Training Guide
by Cheryl L. Hyde, American Association for Active Lifestyles and Fitness
Kendall/Hunt, 2002

Holding the weight on the back of your shoulders, with your feet either flat on the floor or with the heels elevated by one-inch blocks, keep your upper body straight and lower yourself into a full squat.

“Arnold” by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Douglas Kent Hall
from Arnold
by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Douglas Kent Hall
Simon & Schuster, 1977

This setup works especially well when performing rear foot–elevated goblet squats or barbell front squats.

“Glute Lab: The Art and Science of Strength and Physique Training” by Bret Contreras, Glen Cordoza
from Glute Lab: The Art and Science of Strength and Physique Training
by Bret Contreras, Glen Cordoza
Victory Belt Publishing, 2019

To successfully complete the squat, heels must remain on the floor, the head and chest must face forward, and the dowel must be maximally pressed overhead.

“Athletic Body in Balance” by Gray Cook
from Athletic Body in Balance
by Gray Cook
Human Kinetics, Incorporated, 2003

The squat position should be attempted while maintaining the heels on the floor, the head and chest facing forward, and the hands overhead.

“Physical Rehabilitation of the Injured Athlete E-Book” by James R. Andrews, Gary L. Harrelson, Kevin E. Wilk
from Physical Rehabilitation of the Injured Athlete E-Book
by James R. Andrews, Gary L. Harrelson, Kevin E. Wilk
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2011

six postures were stand, sit, incline (lean forward while sitting), raise a leg (within 90◦C between the thigh and the shank, and a step height of 30 cm), bend (bend upper body down while lower body is standing), and squat.

“2011 International Conference in Electrics, Communication and Automatic Control Proceedings” by Ran Chen
from 2011 International Conference in Electrics, Communication and Automatic Control Proceedings
by Ran Chen
Springer New York, 2011

The athlete should be told to press the heel into the ground, keep the abdominals tight and the lower back neutral, lift the leg in the air straight up and push the foot up toward the ceiling, keep the heel close to the gluteus, and raise and lower the leg slowly and under control.

“Noyes' Knee Disorders: Surgery, Rehabilitation, Clinical Outcomes E-Book” by Frank R. Noyes
from Noyes’ Knee Disorders: Surgery, Rehabilitation, Clinical Outcomes E-Book
by Frank R. Noyes
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2009

For the squat position, crouch down, apply the same principles as listed above and lower into a crouch position while keeping the spine straight (Fig. 52.4).

“Skills for Midwifery Practice Australia & New Zealand edition” by Sara Bayes, Sally-Ann de-Vitry Smith, Robyn Maude
from Skills for Midwifery Practice Australia & New Zealand edition
by Sara Bayes, Sally-Ann de-Vitry Smith, Robyn Maude
Elsevier Health Sciences APAC, 2018

In addition to adding leverage and weight to the mob, using a box or bench gives you added mobility, giving you access to areas of your hamstrings that are inaccessible when mobilizing from the floor.

“Becoming a Supple Leopard 2nd Edition: The Ultimate Guide to Resolving Pain, Preventing Injury, and Optimizing Athletic Performance” by Kelly Starrett, Glen Cordoza
from Becoming a Supple Leopard 2nd Edition: The Ultimate Guide to Resolving Pain, Preventing Injury, and Optimizing Athletic Performance
by Kelly Starrett, Glen Cordoza
Victory Belt Publishing, 2015

INSTRUCTIONS: Place your feet two inches apart and squat.

“3 Minutes to a Pain-Free Life: The Groundbreaking Program for Total Body Pain Prevention and Rapid Relief” by Joseph Weisberg, Heidi Shink
from 3 Minutes to a Pain-Free Life: The Groundbreaking Program for Total Body Pain Prevention and Rapid Relief
by Joseph Weisberg, Heidi Shink
Pocket Books, 2005

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  • I’m 6’1” or about 186cm so I’m not THAT tall, but I do have a 193cm arm span. Always makes everything weird. Overall height and leg-length I’m right at the L frame size but imagine an orangutan or a gibbon riding a bike. Or doing anything. That’s me.

  • I’m 6’7″ and my dorsiflexion is pretty legit. I think it’s from bmx riding and basketball all those years. IDK. But, it definitely makes a difference. Once I got my hips opened up, I got immediately stronger.

  • Excellent
    Video thank you for the perspective

    Lots of different info regarding squats: jungle of info!

    Long femur and the bio machines are discussed enough!

  • I’m a lanky 6’8 and owned a XXL hardtail 29er for years. It worked but I felt cramped on climbs and top heavy downhill. I’ve recently switched to 36 inch wheels and there’s no looking back

  • Good video and I agree with your info. I am 6-4 and play around with stance and now have started wearing squatting shoes. I need to work on my ankle mobility as well..cool

  • My question/goal is “How can I fix my squat so that the bar is not tilted on my back and my feet are properly aligned? I want to have both legs doings 50% 50% of the load but my right leg is way stronger than my left. Also I noticed that even when I do my best to get the bar on my back straight and to align my feet properly, they fall back into the habitual old way which is the right foot is further up then the left foot and the bar starts to tilt to one side and veer of in a diagonal across my back…

  • Great and detailed video dude. I’m investing in a pair of Adipowers. I’ve had a lot of knee pain when squatting. I’m 6’5, I’ve started breaking at the hips to start the lift which has helped a little, and also invested in some knee sleeves. do you know any other things I can do to lessen the strain on my knees joints? I imagine the shoes will help.

  • Isn’t it the question more about the length of the legs (the femur) and arms (forearm) than the size of the person. Hafthor is tall but his legs are relatively small.
    In other words you have long leg spiders and dwarfs morphology. 😉

  • Thank you guys very helpful I got an argument with a group of girls lol going over exercises and I told them my squat would be different because I’m taller long legs I’m. 5ft 9 country build kind of girl thanks I’ll be starting my squats again

  • I’m 6’6″, 240 pounds, long longs, and super stiff ankles from years of basketball injuries.

    I feel like I should dial 9-1-1 before I begin each squat.

  • Awesome video Mike, very valuable content for me because I´m also very tall and have problems with the big3 lifts regarding my longe femurs. Please please please make other videos how to bench correctly with long arms (what foot position, tucked or in front, is it ok when my elbows are below the pad even if I´m in an arched postition etc.) and what type of deadlift is better for tall athletes, sumo or conventional!? That would be awesome!!! Thank you very much for sharing so much informative content!!! I appreciate your work!

  • sorry mike..but that was not very helpful, I’am 50 years old.I bench 130 kg.but my squat is 110 kg,I’am 185 cm,with a very long torso and arms,I can’t seem to improve on my squat..any ideas.

  • Yeah I’m 6’4″ as well and I can see a lot of my earlier self in his squat. I find that a slightly wider stance with knees going out helps me a lot, similar to a wider grip bench press for my long ass arms.

  • Great vid mate. I bought a Kona Remote Ctrl (2019) 510 reach, 485 chain stays, 1327 wheelbase. at 196cm this bike, being sized right for me, has changed my whole riding experience. Yes its a E Bike but size is size and my previous E bike a Merida was just too short.

  • I LOVE YOU JUSTIS. I’ve got long femurs and this was just the perfect video. That bar path is sublime. Looks like I’ll have to bite the bullet and just invest in some weightlifting shoes.

  • Just a clarification in order to avoid further confusion. Most of this videos are actually either LOW bar, or HYBRID squat except the video on 05:00 which is the ONLY high bar example in the video. If you didn’t know that well, now you know. That was all I had at the time of making this video. Will post high bar in the future no problem, with bigger weights also not just 125kg lol.

  • To all the true tall guys over 6’6” please give Critical bench a look on on here on squatting; he’s 6’7” and it applies to true tall guys.

    This guy is not tall enough to be teaching this to taller guys at 6’3”, long femurs or not he’s got like a 34 inch leg. My legs are 38 at 6’9”.

    Taller guys don’t do it man.

  • i’m 6 ft 2 and have longe legs and short torso. When I want to squat deep, my back is almost parallel to the ground which is terrible. This video is very good and helped me,
    to fix my problem, i try to get more ankle dorsi flection by strechting and i try to open my hip mobility too. and these squat shoes really help…
    good video bro…:D

  • I’m 5’9”, but I have long ass femurs. Squats shoes immediately changed my mechanics. I find front squats aren’t an issue with long femurs.

  • I’m 6`4″, 195lbs. Never managed to squat more than 205 because my knees started to fail, definitely going to give it another shot after finding this video. Thanks.

  • Really excellent information. I wish i had seen this video 2 Years ago I was reluctant to buy a 29er bike because i thought it would be to sluggish and not very agile. I still like my 27.5 (Propain Tyee) though, but i swapped the Damper for one with lockout due to annoying squat and back pain, and that seems to work So I did the right thing according to Doddy in this case!

  • Some people just are not built for squatting plain and simple. Its no big deal. The need to focus on leg presses, hacks squats etc. Just because someone cant squat isnt the end of the world. Plenty of other ways to skin a cat.

  • Cool I’m 6 foot 1 and my legs are super long and I notice when I do squat wide and hit depth I dont feel it in my quads that much. I started using a machine squat and I noticed when I do partial reps I feel it alot more in my quads then I do going all the way down. But then I notice I dojt get much stimulation in the hamstrings. So what exercises would be good for tall guys to develop overall legs

  • Thank you for this video! Most helpful one I have seen on the subject. Answered so many of my questions!! Love GMBN in general. Thank you!

  • Your dialogue shows that you’ve studied this phenomena considerably. However, I still get the impression you’re seeing something wrong that can be fixed. While I would agree, anyone can improve their squat with focus and practice, you can only go so far before your mobility becomes you limiting factor. You can never quite equal the most vertical squat from someone shorter all things equal.

    The cause of this is simple, look at it like placing a heavy weight on a wall or a poll. It can only go so high before it starts to bend. If you want to go higher and stay completely stable, you’re going to have to increase its width considerably, particularly at it’s base or add in internal support. Hope you’re still working out? We need a follow up.

  • Znaci buraz svo ovo vrijeme te pratim i kontam da si njemac ili rus hahahh
    Svaka cast fino si jak za nekoga ko nije na hemiji,samo guraj!

  • You closed a debate between me and my boyfriend. I have long legs and shirt torso and for a woman taller than average… I struggled with balance my weight shifts between heels and front of my feet. I also bow down and I know its not the “heaviness”. I did a few streches and I broke parallel! So thank you.

  • Great video! I remember watching this a year ago and since then I’ve gone from a 265 lb crap half rep squat to a 395 lb squat with solid form. No pinch in the hips as well, given that I warmup properly

  • I have long femurs, a short torso, long arms, and narrow hips. Awesome for deadlifts, not so much for squats. I do band work and use assistance exercises to work on hip adductor/abductor strength and back extensions to strengthen hip drive and my lower back. I do low bar squats with a hip width stance and heeled squat shoes. That’s what I’ve found works for me. Low bar placement combined with heeled squat shoes helps maintain balance within the moment arm of the femurs, while increasing depth and mobility without compromising the back. I use a hip width stance to allow for more recruitment of power from my longer posterior chain muscles to increase drive speed out of the hole, rather than relying on decreased squat distance and the hip extensors for drive. Longer femurs require more support from the hip muscles to maintain stability, thereby decreasing the amount of power they can provide for upward drive. Try using your anatomy to your advantage, rather than forcing it to work in a way it’s not designed for. I guarantee you’ll get results. Great video!! ����

  • I wish this was made two years ago as it answers so many of the questions I had about buying a bike. I’m tempted to sell my current steed to fund s more appropriate bike. I’m nearly exactly the same height, weight, ape index as Doddy so this advice is invaluable to me as I don’t have years of riding experience behind me and access to the variety of kit. Thanks Doddy.

  • 183cm with long femur too, thank for the concept of your channel, the subject of tall lifter is not very popular, a big thanks you from France 😉

  • 6’6″/198cm have both 27.5 and 29 and so far the smaller wheel is more to my liking for handling but the 29 is prob faster and rolls up and over things better. Not sure I even know what a proper fitting bike feels like yet!

  • I’m just under 5’11” with 37″ inseam…. EVERYONE tries to tell me I squat wrong. I have to lean forward more or I’ll just fall over backward. It’s frustrating.

  • Really nice video. I used to get so frustrated with myself doing squats with long legs. I never thought I could get down the technique but this video helped a lot. I needed to work on mobility first

  • Konacno neko da napravi ovakav video, imam slican problem, visok sam i trenirao sam prije kosarku, sada ne mogu da se spustim dovoljno, cak ni 90 stepeni a kamoli do poda (ako su pete na zemlji kao sto treba). Ako krenem da se spustim do kraja, cak i sa samom sipkom, gubim balans i hocu da padnem nazad. Jedini nacin da cucnem duboko je ako se savijem u ledjima i dignem na prste, ali onda osjetim ogroman pritisak na ledja i znam da forma nije uredu, malo fali da me tezina prevali naprijed. Tako da, godinama izbjegavam cucanj i radim neke vjezbe tipa cucanj na spravi ili presu, i nisu ni to lose vjezbe ali nije to to… Nista ne moze zamijeniti cucanj, benc i odvajanje. Mozda koristeci tvoje savjete uspijem omeksati clanke i popraviti formu:/

  • I have long legs and arms for my height. My bench press sucks but man my sumo deadlifts are amazing lol. I cant do rear loaded squats so I have been doing front squats. I might try to give rear loaded a try again and set myself up almost like a front squat.
    Edit: Medium squat if I am able to

  • Getting in the right depth is no problem for me anymore. I can basically sit on the floor. The problem I experience as a decently tall guy, is the tipping forward about mid-way up. Sure since my upper leg is so long, I’m gonna have bad angles and bad leverage due to it, thus rendering my highbar OL squat weak… I´ve been searching for a way to squat big weights without looking like a taco, cuz honestly in that case I Might just focus on the deadlift and skip the squat.

    Further more what´s interesting is that I noticed the hacksquat and legpress machines give me MORE leg strength than doing squats! Mainly because (just as you) I tend to slightly bend the weight up with my back when the butt is passin the height of your knees.

  • Man I can’t figure out why I can’t do this… I’m 6′ but have long limbs/short torso. My squat form is horrendous, I can’t seem to open my hips wide enough and have to have a really wide stance to get depth, but even at this point my lower back rounds at the bottom of the squat. Any tips would be greatly appreciated

  • Thanks guys. I’ve been looking through all “Squatting for tall people” videos, some of those bodybuilder dudes there are just ridiculous. I am 6ft5 and in the gym I sometimes get “corrected” by trainers about the fact that my squat looks different, and they cant understand that it’s mechanics.
    tall guy bro fist to you guys.

  • good vid I avoid the good morning rise up…also you do not need to go atg not necessary at all squat as deep as your mobility allows. around parallel is fine I also am a tall guy so going all the way down rounds the lower back for me and then consequently the good morning shelf happens on the way up I choose more of the platz squat

  • Bro, please do a video on deadlift! 194cm here and the bar always seems to be leaving my body putting a lot of stress on my lower back.. damn Balkan genetics and shitty leverages! Poz iz Oxforda

  • Really awesome video and explanations. Thank you very much. I’m six foot btw and 45 years old so flexibility and mobility around the hips and ankles need work. Investing in some shoes will be good

  • I’m a 5’5 midget with unusually long femur and when I squat lowbar I end up leaning forward too much to try to break parallel which causes my back to round. Is this due to ankle and hip mobility? Is squatting wider an option or will this put me in a disadvantage?

  • do you think I should just give up the battle trying to be perfectly upright? I’ve got really good ankle and hip mobility, but have the long fermur issue, and no matter how much I tweak my technique I cannot get myself to be completely vertical. Front squats on the other hand is quite easy to stay almost nearly vertical.

  • What was the best way you fixed ankle mobility, i have terrible ankle mobility and even with the highest squat shoes with all the ankle injuries it still sucks.

  • Definitely need to work more on my hips to feel more comfortable and stable good tips!

    Good job on your own progress in weight and technique 😉 I bet you’re working on it already, but try to keep your knees a bit longer in position as you ascend ( i also have the habit to be lazy sometimes and let my back do more and more work in the squat as it gets heavier xD)

  • At least your lower legs are still close in length to your femur. I’m almost 6’1, and I feel like my femur may be close to your’s in length, but by lower leg is at least three inches shorter than my femur, so it’s awkward to get parallel because of balance.

  • Terrible form on your squats. You lean forward WAY TOO much on your way up. Terrible for your back. Your spine is loaded during the BB squat. Bending forward like that puts an immense amount of pressure on your discs. One rep like that can cause a bulge or herniated disc and you’ll have that injury for the rest of your life.

  • 6’8” and considering the current situation I have two options: the SPECIALIZED Rockhopper hard tail (XL frame) 29er or the GIANT Stance 29er (XXL frame). What do y’all think?

  • Maybe go over all main lifts and accessory lifts for tall lifters. I could see this turning into a series where you break down each lift based on where tall lifters could improve on.

  • nice video… but why not use the safety bar all the time? Whether injured or not? The trainer already admitted that putting hands on the bar puts a lot of torque on the shoulders… which I can attest to, and while I haven’t had previous shoulder injury, I did have a slight pec injury, because with my long arms, my hand position has to be wide on the bar.

    I got Dave Draper’s squat bar and it’s been a Godsend.

    If you’re an athlete who wants to build legs, why put other parts of your body at risk?

  • Thanks I’m a tall female 5 ft 9 country build I thought I was doing my squats wrong but as a tall person our bodies will be positioned differently I’m not pushing big weights just my body weight but I did learn something thanks great video

  • Can you help me? Im a girl, im not tall but i have long legs and a heavy short torso. I want to squat for glute growth but for the life of me i cant.Whenever I squat even a half squat I fall backwards instantly.And i lean forward alot. Leaning forward is the only way i can squat without falling backwards. Also my knees tend to pass my toes. If i pull back a bit, on my ass i go. And as I start to go down my toes also start to go up they refuse to stay flat. You know how people squat down to pick something up, where their thighs come against their calves but yet they keep their feet completely flat on the floor? Yeah i cant do that. I would have to be on my tippy toes. How can i correct this?

  • all the comments saying brrooo your so lucky,i have to lean so far forward STFU no you dont,you probably didnt even try to fix your form and spend time correctly and thats why you look that way when you fkn squat. Take this video and relearn until you for real squat that way.

  • Most informative video on the subject. Thanks for sharing your journey! Trying to get correct squat depth has been very discouraging, but the info u shared has given me a bit more hope. 6’6 and barely hitting parallel

  • Hey, I’m a really tall guy (2m+) and when i’m squating I experience a lot of knee pain, I stopped squating for a month, started squating again and within 3 weeks the pain was back… Currently I bench more than I squat, and everytime I try to squat the knee pain returns, which is highly demotivating, the weight I squat with is really light as well, around 135 pounds. Do you guys have any tips involving knee pain while squating? Thanks!

  • Thanks Doddy. Beautiful bike! Riding Santa Cruz hightower lt XXL. Lot of pedal strikes, but faster than on my 27.5 XL + bike which has 170mm cranks. It’s fast too, and fun! but feels like more work to climb on those shorter cranks.. I’ve been using riser bars for a better seated and standing position. Not sure if it helps or hinders on tech or jumps

  • I haven’t watched your other videos but with regards to depth, in addition to ankle mobility, hip joint anatomy may play a big part in sometimes ability to reach depth,(I’m sure you’ll know), may be a good vid to build on this one.

  • I’m 6″4, flat feet, long femurs, long torso.. Took me forever to learn my form… for me I gotta use a very close stance with my feet pointed straight. Wide foot stance doesn’t feel good at all.

  • What do you think about taking a wider stance for tall guys? I’ve seen a lot of people do it, but every time I try it hurts my hips as go below parallel.

  • hey man, i have a question, im not a tall person and i dont have long femurs (170 cm/5 7″) but i for me squatting (oly style) is hard because i cant keep the upright trunk. other than ankle mobility, are there any other things i should do?

    and what was your squat progress in your first year???

  • Long legs are good for kicks though and also looks more aesthetic. Look at bodybuilders like Kai and Arnold. This is common in African Americans mostly or all Africans.

  • I’m 15 and 6,2 I can’t do it but my brother who is the same height but 23 can, he just tells me I’m not Slav enough to do the squat which doesn’t help that much, but this video helped me a bit

  • Your knees are going way over your toes. I have long femur problem and ankles mobility affect short people just as much as taller people. If you have long femur, you want to spread more your legs and point your feet outside, and ALWAYS squat with a low bar, high bar is only for 1 rep powerlifter and it’s dangerous. Instead of weightlifting shoes, i put a small plank under my heels to elevate myself gives the same results.

  • So why not shorter rider set ups?? Because if your under 5.8’ then you just deal with bikes not good for short riders! Almost want to make my own bike company called “fktallfolks” bikes

  • Good video for tall people, obviously. I’m 6’1″

    You should do a video about sizing and setup on the other end of the spectrum as well. Short People. My wife is 4’10” and we have been slowly getting her bike more comfortable for her. I just finished modifying a reverb dropper post to 65mm travel because most everything I found was too long. And short drop is probably better than no drop.

    You can talk about things like stand over height, compensating for reach that may be a tad too long, how wide is too wide for bars, who makes short droppers, etc…

  • I have super flexible ancles BUT squatting is pain in the ass still. I even have pretty short femurs aaand I use romaleos… fuk ma lyfe:((

  • Ignore the arrogant comments my friend there are always closed minded individuals who think they have all the right answers. I’ve struggled with squats my whole lifting career and I contributed it to what you discuss here but have never had it exactly expained or shown to me visually.

    So this proved my theory correct and I will adjust my stance accordingly. Thanks for the info brotha’

  • Good squat! As someone else commented, however, it’s not femur length per se, it’s the torso to femur ratio that largely determines the leverages and ability to hit depth. Short torso and long legs have made loaded backsquatting hell for me. That’s why I generally only do front squats these days. Much less injury risk and overall happier state of affairs.

  • Great video, much appreciated. I’m 6’2 and never really had much problems but since I got a bike with 29 inch wheels its vastly improved the feel of my riding. I’ll never go back to a smaller wheel bike.

  • dude all the things u talking about r cool, but ur technic is soo bad… can’t realize how u think u can teach other people… take care

  • its not height, its about long femurs, you ve got long legs yes, its not about long legs. long legs is another story dude. im 178 and ive got long femurs, being tall with long femurs is another story though. from what i see though, the weight that youre using is not really a lot and at some moments you push with your lower back to get up. we should see you with a heavy load. im not saying youre wrong though, but its a fact people with long femurs are not well adapted for squatting, more for deadlifts. morphologically people with long femurs, their back is much more parallel to the floor compared to people with short femurs and so their backs arent as parallel

  • Does any other tall person have tenderness in the knees mainly mcl area when they squat or deadlift?

    My form isn’t even bad I don’t feel, I feel when I push off the ground to get out of the bottom there’s an intense pressure in this area, not sure what I’m doing incorrectly

  • New sub here, really enjoyed your video on the the squat. One quick question, do your knees tend to click and pop much when you are hitting ATG squats? I’ve read a million times that it’s normal, and likely not a problem, but I wanted to get some perspective from someone whose been squatting deep with a semi-low bar/bent over stance. Honestly the depth feels great on my knees, but I’m getting some pops and clicks on almost every rep and it can be kind of scary.. you deserve more subs! I think you are really onto something here!

  • i learned a ton just from just this one workout. Mike fixed some issues in 30 seconds that ive been struggling with for years. Now its time to apply the power to the pitchers mound

  • 6ft 10′ here and this video has pointed me in the right direction for everything…
    currently have a Merdia TFS500D Big Nine (2012) and it has served me well for thousands of miles.
    more recently I have been looking to replace it the holder I get the less comfortable it feels.
    cracking job!!!

  • I’m 6’5. I messed up my right knee jogging years ago. Fast Forward, my knee is mobile. I feel pain when I squat with a long bar. I’ve been using the trap bar instead. I have to do a wide stance, feet turned out w/knees out. I want to do traditional squats but need pointers. Some advice will be appreciated.

  • Thanks Doddy for this video. Years ago when I started riding mountain bikes, 26″ were the only options. I never felt comfortable on any bike until I purchased my first 29″ HT in 2006, Gary Fisher Paragon. Good bike at that time. I feel the longer, lower and slacker geometry of the modern 29″ bikes benefits the taller riders the most. I’m sure this wasn’t the reason the bike industry started producing bike geometries like this, as a taller rider, at 6’4″ I’m glad they do.

  • Thanks for this video, its great you did it. very little info around for tall squatters and I’m happy to watch this one. Good advice, I’m in the process of changing my squat after years of rounding my back going low.

  • Thanks for the good video. Your squatting form and depth looks pretty good. I’m actually 5’10” but my long femurs give me a hard time squatting. I think overworked or rigid calves also hold you back on improving on your ankle mobility. I also think my quads are not as engaged as I like them to be, which I’ll bet those weightlifting shoes will help out

  • I am 194cm tall, you can see in my first video ATG squats with 160kg (350lbs), I will upload videos in english how to accomplish that. Tall lifters, there is a hope 😉

    Nice video:)

  • Im 16, 6’5 and 180 with 195 bench and 235 squat. Im aware the numbers are low for my weight but being 6’5 would these be good maxes for me or am i lacking? Lol

  • I’m 6’8″. Subbed. (my stance is low bar, wide legged, 45 toes and keens, ATG I’m 240lbs, was off for a bit so working my way back to squatting 200lbs).

  • Just to be clear, your leg length is nearly irrelevant. It is the proportions of the joints in your legs that matter. A person with short legs, but a long femur will have a much more difficult time squatting than a person with long leg, but a proportionally shorter femur and longer tibia.

  • Shorter wing span and torso with long femurs is hell! You can’t deadlift or even daily things in life is hard, since your always bending your back and the knee to reach things lower then you. I think I have messed up growth spurt, only my femurs grew and rest of body is same. It looks ridiculous and I have no confidence in my appearance as well

  • #AskgmbnTECH Hey Doddy, don’t know if you can relate, but what can you recommend for a rider that has sort of the opposite build as you? At 6’0″ I have sort of average sized arms and legs with a longer torso so I get some lower back pain and sometimes hand pain on my large Sentier. I find myself hunched over reaching for my handle bars. I have a 50 mm stem and 25mm rise full length 800mm bars (I would Imagine that cutting down the bar would help get me a little more upright) In addition, sliding the saddle forward I find myself sitting a little higher so the handle bars are super low. I’ve put all the spacers under the stem and fiddled around with the saddle to no avail. Any help is appreciated.

  • I’m 6’1 and I am always struggling between either a large frame and using a 100mm stem and sliding my saddle all the way back or go for the XL frame

  • I’m 183cm with 88,5cm of inseam length, which allows me to run a dropper post with a whooping 208mm of travel on my size L SC Hightower (and yes the collar sits flush against the top of the seat tube).

  • My strength coach always insists I need my feet at 45*. Definitely feels way more solid and I don’t get nagging hip pain / impingement when my feet are more straight. Great vid.

  • i have pretty long limbs. im not a dude but this was a helpful video because i have rly long legs and usually widen my stance so i can go a little deeper:/ but it still looks like half squats in videos. good to know its about mobility now though! thanks for the helpful vid:)

  • Thanks for the tips i’m only 6’2 but have a crushed disc in between c5 and c6 vertebrae and looking up on rides is giving me so much pain. i hope i can apply these tips and get some relief.

  • I’m not extremely tall, only around 6″3, but I feel like a monstrous beast when I try and ride a bike, it just doesn’t feel right to me I haven’t ridden since I was 12 years old but I remember it being so natural back then, trying again now 20 years later I just can’t make it work it’s so frustrating!

  • As a person who is 6’5″ (196 cm), I put on a 10.5 inch BMX bars on my mountain bike, and couldn’t be happier. I don’t drive rocky terrain, but I like riding comfortably wherever. I also added a cruise bike large seat, and that’s all a tall man needed. No more hunching over and damaging my spine.
    Anyone who is tall knows that we need to make our back stronger, most tall guys have back issues. Last thing you want is bending like a pretzel all ride

  • Cool vid and helpful! I’m 191cm/92cm innerleg/200cm wingspan/shoe 48 / 90kg. No giant but i figured i needed an XL frame on my canyon hardtail a few years ago. The tool on their site recommended a large frame. I called canyon about it and still they said a large was best. I wasnt sure but followed their advise and bought a large. Although its a really awesome bike (even after 5yrs), i still regret it till today because it just feels too small for me. Now looking at their new Lux…. and again they recomend a size large on their site, but hell no i will be going for an XL for sure!

  • gym just opened up again! i used to just use simple machines but i wanna get stronger so ty ❤️

    also i’m so sorry you had to do those incorrect squats on your neck hip they didn’t hurt too much��

  • Being 6’4″, this is the most useful video I’ve seen in terms of bike set-up, especially when I’m looking at getting a new one! Thanks very much Doddy!

  • Your squat is beautiful man! There is hope for me lol. I am also going through all the internet to figure out how to squat properly. You uploaded this over 5 years ago but thanks a lot:D

  • I’m 6 2 and can’t squat as low as shorter people. I tried low with just the bar and it just felt wrong and uncomfortable. My squat is like these guys. Very helpful video ��

  • I’ve been squatting wrong all these years. I’m just now learning that the conventional way of squatting does not apply to us tall people with long legs. For the longest time I’ve been trying to do atg squats without ever being able to go bellow parallel. Well, now I know, lol.

  • Brilliant video Doddy, during lock down been paining over a new bike as I’m still rocking a modded large PitchPro 26”. 6,2 here and can’t wait to try something new. Would I be in the xl 29 group these days? Keep up the good work ��

  • Thank you for posting this. I have very long femurs and struggle with squats following other techniques. My knees naturally go out with a wider stance.

  • 192cm tall guy here. Strangely enough, I am sufftering from upper back and neck pain when I ride a bike more than 30km. I thought I though of everything considering my size. Bike size, seat height, wide handlebars with horns, even. From this video, I figured I have to move the seat a bit in front, and now is much better. Just that one little thing. Thanks Doddy!

  • Being a taller rider I’ve had to experiment with “stuff” and your video has made me realise that it’s not just me “so to speak” thank you and keep on ”tech-ing” we need it!

  • Great video, I’m glad somebody has finally addressed the problem of hand size vs grips. I’ve spent decades bemoaning the lack of grips for riders with larger hands, even though nearly everything else is size specific these days. Changing to thicker grips has changed my riding experience, and I don’t end up with sore knuckles anymore.

  • Hey Doddy, great video! As a 6,3ft rider these really maters! With the saddle position forward, i notice then my knee (patella) exceeds the paddle shaft centre. Then leads to knee pain in front of my knee. And when i move it back it disappears, but then the with the eat back the reach is so long my neck starts hurting due to the stretch. Any tips please?

  • I am about 5ft10 (so, reasonably tall) and all of my height is in my spine. I can drop to an absurd depth (thanks short legs and hyperflexibility) and push out of the hole fine. Its when i get maybe half way up, when the back strength really needs to be kicking in where I struggle.

    I cannot do front squats w bar without hyperextending my spine to the point where it does more damage than good. My coach had me do goblet box squats with a single dumbell A LOT (oh i hated them) and it vastly improved my back strength. In combination with the belt and brace technique.

    Got my back squat up to 100kg x3 / 110kg x 1 (hit a max at 70kg and failed every single time before he took me on).

  • So its ok to lean forward to maintain the straight bar path as long as your lower back is not rounding. Am i correct? I am 5 ’10 but I have longer legs and short torso in comparison. I would say I lean about 45 degree.

  • Hi, i am 185cm, in my country in south east asia it is so rare to get larger than 17″ frame. So i bought 17″ frame with 29″ wheel then i change my stem of handle bar from 65mm to 110mm. Is it right to do?

  • Great vid. 6ft6 and just gone from an old Bullit to a 29er XL Vitus Sommet. The difference is night and day… modern enduro bikes are great for us tall folk

  • Hey @Tall Lifts, so if you are taller/ have longer legs, you should move your toes out wider (while keeping your heels about shoulder width) to get your squats low enough, right?

  • Thank you for this video! I’ve been losing my mind wondering why I lean forward so much when I squat. I’ve been looking at videos and reading articles and trying to do it like they do but I finally know it’s because I’m 6’6 with 34″ inside leg! Thanks for the piece of mind:)

  • This is even harder to do when your torso and arm span is shorter according to your height. This puts more pressure on your back even in everyday life things and looks wise.

  • Hoping there is a pt. 2 to this video. Hoping to solve my squat issues (hip strain, sciatic). My feet tend to move around in the lift as well.

  • Very usefull this video! I’m not very long (184cm) but I’m having a bit awkard bodyproportions: inner leg length 93cm, short upper body and long arms. I think most of the advice given in this video is also suitable for me. I’m having neckpain and I struggle to fix it. Because of my long legs my saddle is pretty high and my body position is very agressive because of the difference in hight between my saddle and bar. I think I’ll shorten my stem and try a riserbar. In what steps should I try to go back (stem) and up (riserbar)?

  • Being about 6’2″ with funny proportions (relatively short legs, long torso and arms) makes finding good bike position or a new bike a nightmare, can’t thank you enough for the tips
    Big thumbs up

  • Yeeaah I’m 6″5 with bad knees, click & stabbing pains when I do squats (apart from sumo squats but I’m using way more arse muscle than quad) doctors tell me to strengthen my legs, the catch 22 is beyond ironic. Currently using leg press like physio, keeps legs/knees feeling good but isn’t really adding size/strength. Is it possible to have strong/bigger legs from other workouts, skipping/machines/martial arts (kicks etc), can I get away with squats or will I inevitably be missing out?

  • Excellent.. thank you. Im 6’1″ and I too have been on that chasing a good squat journey and I’m on the verge of going for some squat shoes hence me looking at this video n others.. thanks again, imput from another tall person helps

  • As a 6’6″ 255 lb rider I can totally relate to this whole video and its confirmed most of the things I’ve done to date on my bike. The biggest tip i’ve found for climbing steep switchbacks when its tough to keep weight on both wheels is I lower my dropper 20-30mm and stand up going around the corners, using the saddle against the inside of my thighs to balance almost track standing as I make it around the corner.

  • Just a comment on “Bad genetics” is a complex thing. It exists, but chances that you are cursed in all areas is second to none. Just like being gifted at everything.

  • Try being 6”8 pins in ankles from American football just find a different Stances ended up playing for 10 more years as you age your body changes

  • Hi guys. Good advice for the tall among us. What about advice for us more hefty riders? Like frames, hubs, etc. Thank s for an awesome show!!

  • Honestly man, your femurs aren’t that long for your height. And that’s the main thing that matters, femur to height. Simply being tall doesn’t mean anything.

  • Brilliant video man. I wanted to know something: I have had an ankle impingement on my left foot (footballers ankle) and have to squat wide with my toes pointing out with my knees. I keep my back straight like you said but should i go parralel or return to start earlier?

  • tall guy bro fist to you dmtec. Body mechanics are naturally different and unique so to think everyone will squat the same is silly. With that being said let’s all keep striving for a better, more mobile, deeper, more stable squat.
    Here’s some techniques to get there: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCL71pMHYzc&t=6s

  • I already have my bike, but for other tall riders looking to buy, what are the bikes that increase chainstay for the XL, XXL frames? I see YT does for the Jeffsy, but Santa Cruz mega doesn’t, Nuke Reactor doesn’t, etc.

  • Hey, I have long femurs and a relatively short torso. But i do have exceptional ankle and hip mobility. I can do a really deep front squat with my ass touching my ankles. But my knees travel forward no matter how i do it. This gives me sore knees the next day especially as the weights get heavy. I cant limit my depth by pushing my hips back since leaning forward is not an option in the front squat. What can i do?

  • I’m 6’4″. You noted a 38mm on what I assume is a 35mm clamp on that beautiful stern. I’m on an XXL Jeffsy and I tried that combo and honestly it wasn’t tall enough, I had to move to a 31.8 stern to find a bar that went even higher to 50mm.. Crazy that I did all that and my bar sits more than an inch below my saddle. Really wish manufacturers would not cut the steerers so drastically. Give taller folks an extra inch or more of steerer from the factory, cut it later if needed. Also wish we can get some higher rise 35mm clamp bars. Great video.

  • Oh my gosh.. no wonder I always look the way you did when squatting (torso leaning out toward the front)! I’m a 6′ tall female and I figured it was either my height of the fact that I screwed my back last year and had a bulging disc. This whole time I was thinking I had just injured myself too much to be able to squat “normal” and upright, but now I was just proven that it’s because it’s not even possible for us tall people really. It just concerns me when trying to do heavy squats.. thanks for this video! Really helped me!

  • Balkan people just have shit genetics for bodybuilding. There’s like 1 guy who competes professionaly. That Sadik guy or whatever his name is.

  • My legs are weak and my ankle mobility is also trash… I can deadlift 225 for reps but squat it (I probably can) buy it is horrible

  • Doddy This is a fantastic video for taller riders! What Ergon E MTB saddle model are you using? As a follow up video, I’d love to see what gear you wear as a taller rider. As a 6’4″ rider myself, I struggle with jerseys/jackets/shorts/pants that are long enough.

  • Great video, I’m not Tall by any means. I’m actually very short 5’1.5″ could we do a video for the opposite spectrum the very short.

  • Awesome dude, 6 ft tall here, squats are an issue due to long femurs but also leg length discrepancy of about 3 cm, right femur is an inch shorter, I use a special insole that raises that heel but it still makes things a little more complicated, but this was inspiring nonetheless thanks new sub

  • 6’9″ and on a Trek Fuel EX8 XXL (with a few tweaks), been riding for 25+ years and learned a lot from that! At my height I’m often sent down a trail first to clear it of not only low-flying branches, but much worse, spider webs… Great video Doddy, keep it up, might have some amusing bits for your retro section!!!

  • Guys, there’s a big misconception about it, it’s not about being tall, it’s about the legs torso proportion (aka short torso with way longer femurs)��

  • Good advice. My weight lifting coach always tried to make us go below parallel and upright… dude was like 5,8”… sure easy for you to say..try doing it as a 6,4” lanky teenager.

  • Hey great video! I’m 1,75 tall 85 kg and I’m riding a Scott 26 hardtail, M size and I feel like is too small for me. I’m wandering if
    a 29er M size would be more comfortable for me? I’m looking for a 29er CUBE Reaction TM 2020 with 130mm fork. Would be alright?

  • Hey Mike I’m 6’3″ by the way I’m comfortable with doing high bar squats with narrow stance the issue with me is that I do ATG rather than just below parallel any advice on how to overcome this form..so it takes me lot of time to progress on program as my friends have short femurs which allows them to progress quickly

  • Doddy! Just wow! 190cm (or 6ft2) tall, 91cm length of my legs. Long arms… When you mentioned the front wheel is going up on uphills and how much you have to do to push it down… wow! That’s just my every ride experience! I only thought that this was happening, because of a poorer bike skill, that I own. But checking now some reach stats based on your dimensions, and yes, we are very much alike, I kind of dropped some bike choices into the waste as I saw that their reach didn’t even come close to what I need! So, yeeeeess! Thank you! Thank you very much!

  • What about shirts, shorts, skinsuits, helmets for the 6ft2in++ rider? Shirts are always too baggy at the hips when tall enough. Don’t even get me started on skinsuits that are seemingly made for fatsos at my height (190cm).

  • Are you me, brothermanguy? Your squat journey sounds identical to my own haha, first with the hips, then frogsquatting and finally a tight af left ankle from an old football injury. Anyway nice video, great tips for tall squatters.

  • Man I’m 6’6 with super long legs and I still struggle with finding the right position to squat in. It’s crazy… My max is 285 but I feel like I can do more but I just can’t get the form down to do it. Idk man, I like squats a lot.

  • thx for this, 6’7” here and people in the gym made me believe i should be more upright when squatting although for me it seemed physically impossible, obviously they didn’t mean it in a bad way, know i know i’m not doing anything wrong lol.

  • Thank you for this video that gets straight to the point Underdog Strength! Many people beat around the bush and dont explain what we came for right away. Thank you!

  • I’m 168 cm but my legs are 100 cm, does that mean I’ve long femurs so I should squat wider? Im trying to learn squatting with bw and goblet squat with plates under heels because of the ankle mobility issues. Nice vid btw, keep up the good work!

  • Guys, great vid. I’m 6’4 with a similar body type. I’ve been squatting on the smith machine (wide stance, toes pointed out) because my squat is so weak. Just too insecure honestly to squat with a barbell until I build up that base strength in my quads/glutes. I break up my leg days (quad/glutes + hams/calves) and I hit those splits once every 4-6 days…and I go for very high volume/intensity on both days. On my quad/glute day I do 5 sets of squats for 6-10 reps. Any general advice you can give me to build up my squat? It’s such a pain in the ass being tall

  • I’m 6’5 and riding a women’s medium Rocky Mountain Oxygen. I should really get a bigger frame so I don’t smash my knees into the handlebars as much.

  • I’m 6’7, 230lbs…decided to preorder the XXL 2021 Trek Roscoe 7. Hope it fits well and doesn’t require much modifications. It comes with 27.5 wheels but can take 29ers…guess that’ll be my major tall person upgrade if necessary.

  • Amazing video and I have problems with my squat so I’m having to go back to just using the bar I still can’t get it right which is annoying cause I’m deadlifting 210kg and OHP 115kg:-(

  • I just started squatting at the rack today and I’m alrdy noticing a few mistakes I made that were pointed out in the video lool. Thanks for the detailed info it’s very helpful!!

  • This video will appeal to tall guys for obvious reasons. However, this video doesn’t really go into detail what is wrong with tall lifters and the concept of getting a weight efficiently from point A to point B Vs. maximal tension on the muscle whilst avoiding wrecking joints.

    Unless you have serious issues ONLY fixed via surgery, every tall person should practice squating with a vertical torso. Why? Because our supporting muscles work so hard on stabilising our joints from the extremely long levers that the prime movers often never get decent contractions despite our best of intentions. Squating upright with an appropriate weight, tempo and cues guarantees muscular tension and if all other factors are good (recovery) then muscles will grow.

    Squating upright hurts a lot more than the low bar, powerlifting style to parallel. A LOT MORE. But at least give your legs a chance to fill out properly to avoid injuries and that alone even with a lower weight will transfer to a vertical squat. You’ll never develop sound strength particularly for muscles like the vastus medialus otherwise.

  • Would be great to have some tips for shorter riders, just bought my bike but oh man was it a nightmare. I’m 5”2’/158cm. Some brands don’t even make a small frame, much like at the larger end!

  • great vid guys. i’m 6’5 myself and in the gym people always complain about my ‘bad’ squat form, because i’m leaning over too much. I always laugh at them and say well thanks for the advice, but you don’t know nothing. For taller guys it’s not possible to squat like Matt ogus, but that’s not a problem. As long as your mobility (hip and ankle) is good, you can do squats just as good as the smaller guys. Keep up the good work!

  • Hi I’m 183 cm. It’s not super tall I guess. I have quite long torso and normal leg length and I go deep squats, normal stance, tight grip to lock shoulders/lats if possible. The key for me is to stretch the Hip and the Calves properly before I Squat. Both of them, esp the Hip locks mobility and calves are responsible for pushing me forward to a bad position and having stiff ones doesn’t allow me to travel the path I want in my move and I don’t feel where I ‘am’ with the movement without having those stretches. I also lean forward quite some because I am quite tall. This may look like I am loading my back but it is actually the opposite. I am abducing/removing/lessening the stress on my back by leaning forward to a certain extent. It will look different for everyone. This simple lean-forward or tilt technique as I use to call it helps enormously to keep pressure on my legs and not the back. Keep in mind to have a long, strong and activated abdomen and breathe on your way down to fill your chest with fresh oxygen to keep stability.

  • Mike,
    1. What are your thoughts on your pal’s form vs say Brian Shaw’s or Hafthor Bjornsson’s squat form? They have more of a wide foot placement and are taller and weigh more. Is that just a function of the sport specific stuff they do or should all taller athletes adhere to their examples? You did touch on geared power lifters having that wide stance but is the same wide stance good for a basketball player? I would imagine your friend is doing what is most comfortable but what about if you want to push heavy weights?
    2. In your training and experience what lifts will help with dunking? Is vertical leap gated by age? Thanks.

  • Nice to see a video that is positive and informative. Well articulated. I’m a 6′ tall 49 year old lifter and have struggled to get that deep squat for many years. Thanks for the helpful vid.

  • Hey, great video, however I have the same problem as Mitch. I’m 6′ 9′ myself and experience a “butt wink” while trying to achieve dept, which hip mobility exercises would you recommend to increase mobility in the hips?

  • Great video. I’m 6’2″ trying to perfeect my squat for the past 2 years. Only critique I get from people nowadays is “be more upright in the torso”. I was guessing it might be my long legs. (my legs are disproportionate, I have the legs of a 6’3″ or 6’4″ person) Don’t have to worry about that anymore. Thanks.

  • Turning the toes out isn’t always an ankle mobility issue, if you lack internal rotation at the hip, you will have to turn the toes out to avoid impingement, morphology also plays a role here too!

  • Hey @Strength Side, I have perfect ankle and hip mobility, but when i cross parallel on front squats, my knees travels forward excessively and i have sore knees the next day. What should i do?

  • Talking to Dave Turner a few years back at Sea Otter he looks at my 26″ S-Works FSR Stumpjumper and says “what the hell are you riding?!” Then he looks at me ( 6’5″, 215lbs) and says “nevermind, you tall guys just make it work for you” I looked like a monkey screwing a coconut, lol. People still ask why I’m not on a 29’er, I just tell them that I am, I’m just tall and make it look tiny. lol. Great vid Doddy, long needed:)

  • This video is very informative but I was distracted through the whole thing. I kept seeing a string hanging from your shirt until I realize it was your arm…cheers

  • I’m 171 cm but I have crazy long femurs and my back mobility is horrible… Been avoiding squats for a year now but I’m finally going to get shit going!

  • Good stuff! Being tall and squatting definitely isn’t the easiest (and I can only imagine how hard it is for yall cause I’m only 6’1) but I agree that everyone should do it

  • If u want deadlift like guys with short femur, use trapbar. No reason to fuck up your back with normal deadlift. And 1 question: do you know anh sport or everyday activity when long femur is advantage?

  • i have a 31 inseam at 5:11.5 height am i ok for squatting? i have really short arms (standup and only touch my pocket and no further with arms straight ) really good for ohp benchpress what inseam would you people consider long past 40? 36?

  • Hey man, this is one of the greatest explanations and tips I have seen on youtube. Been struggling with the squat for a looong time, until I realised that I need to adjust due to long legs. Really, really great video!!

  • I’m glad for dropping squats long time ago after realizing that my femur length dwarfed my shins. I’ve been using sled push/pulls ever since

  • Remarkably good explanation and visuals. I’ve been squatting 45 years and have long femurs. Yours is the best and concise advice and explanation I’ve ever seen or heard on the subject of squatting. It’s an important issue. I’m surprised this doesn’t have ten times more views.

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    It’s ride me instead obviously:)

  • Very good video, the information is much appreciated.
    I’m only 184 (6′) tall, but had neckpain ever since I started mountainbiking ( 15 years)
    I’m looking into buying a 2019 Nukeproof Mega 275 in size L. Would you recommend that size or even a XL? Keep the stock stem or go for a shorter one (35mm or even 10 which then also rises the handlebar)?

  • 6”2 long femur squatter with 1rm of 200kg+, my advice is do more good morning becoz leaning forward is not avoidable even u widen your stance

  • I would just stretch and work on ankle mobility and get the shoes and just squat wider then shoulder width on back squats and front squats just go a bit wider then shoulder width this saved my back I had a lower back injury so all good

  • 6’4″ here, just picked up the Santa Cruz Hightower xxl with Kona wah wah pedals. I can’t believe how well the bike fits coming off a Kona Process 26er from 2013!! Great video!

  • my femurs are way longer(proportionally, im 181cm) than most if not everyone that says they have this problem. My elbows still have to go below my knees to get parallel with a wide stance

  • Hi Doddy, I would pay a lot today for somebody to give me the tips you told in this video 5-7 years ago. I had all kind of pain on my arms, legs, neck and now on the lower back. I agree with you 110%, longer bikes are amazing, but I really love 27.5 wheels. They make the bike more agile for me, being tall sometimes means you’re a bit on the stiff side, not on the elastic side regarding the body elasticity.

  • I’m 6’4 also and have become a big fan of the front squat. It keeps me from leaning forward too much cause if you do the bar drops.

  • Same here my legs are long i have bad ankle mobility maybe if i fix it i can squat highbar better but it takes time and my form in squat is bad i want go lowbar. Its easy for me because it dont need a lot ankle mobility

  • Ankle mobility certainly is the main key. With longer femurs in order to squat deep with a high bar/narrower stance the knees have to travel much farther. Best way to increase ankle mobility is simply repetition under load, mobility drills will certainly help loosen you up before the session but only thing that can produce lasting mobility adaptations is repetition under load.

  • So what is Mitch doing to fix his mobility then?
    I pretty much have the same mobility issues like him and I looked into it but I’m overwhelmed by all the information about it out there and don’t really know where to start and what to do…

  • ive tried a thousand stances before i tell you what im about to tell you. it doesnt matter what stance one withlong femur has, what matters is that when he squats concentrically its inevitable that his hips go in and glutes and ham are loaded to finish the movement. look at 3:29 and pause, his knees went slightly in, and so the weight is loaded on his glutes, so now if you have a weak core, LITERALLY you will fall over on top of you. it happens to everyone but especially in people with long femurs, ALL weight at some point depends on your core and lower back because your glutes and hams are already high enough but because the weight is on top of you instead of in the front like the deadlift, now its the point where all the finishing movement depends on your lower back and core. so because i cant keep listening to an indian explaining squats, id rather explain what helps me. if you want to squat good with long femurs, keep your stance close, open up more the angle of your feet and learn to execute properly the hip hinge, but understand that its going to take much longer for you to squat the same in comparison with one who has short femurs long back and long shins. ITS NEVER BEEN ABOUT HEIGHT. its ALWAYS about proportions, so for all you guys who are 1.90 and taller, it doesnt matter how tall you are, measure your bone length, figure out your proportions and adjust accordingly. ALAN THRALL has a great videoo explaining proportions

  • I’m 6’3” and I have so many form issues with my squat. I’m constantly stretching my tight quads and loosening up my hips. I’ve never used shoes. I’m gonna buy some. Should they be tight or fit normally?

  • 6’5″ and I just honestly don’t know what the fuck I’m doing when I’m squatting. Just trying to find a way to go deeper but my torso leans when I go too low. I have no choice but to just keep working on it, rather have good form than strong lifts.

  • I am just now discovering that I have long femurs relative to my body and I appreciate the insight this video has given me. Thank you sir!

  • Hey, babes! ��
    I hope this video was able to answer some of your questions about how to use a squat rack and how to squat!
    As always, don’t forget to leave a ���� and share with a friend who might find this video helpful!
    Have a great Monday and keep on chasing this gainz! ����

  • There’s another solution for tall guys (or girls) with long legs like me (I’m 6 feet 5), it’s to practice squat on the smith machine, even though it doesn’t sound as good as the free squats but at least you feel more secure.

  • I love these informative videos! After watching your video about the cable machine, I started using it and now use almost every time I go to the gym �� it’s just so versatile I love it. After watching this video I think I might wanna try the squat rack at my gym ☺️ but I need to go during a time when it’s empty so I can play around with it for a bit. But anyways thnx for making these videos! They’re so helpful ☺️☺️❤️❤️

  • Hey girl! I’m reaching out to you because your account is inspiring to me and my own fitness journey ���� I am currently a nursing student and love it, and I have decided that I want to pursue a future career in fitness training as well. I love the way that fitness has shaped how I take care of myself overall, and so many influencers and you tubers have been the people to help set me on this journey. I’d really like to gain experience before I formally qualify as a trainer, and I wanted to reach out and see if you were in need of an assistant of some sort that could help with social media or input on programs, or really anything! I’m not just looking for a paid position either, I really just want to connect with likeminded gals to improve my networking and learn more! I totally understand if you are not in need of a position like this though x All in all, I really appreciate you inspiring people to begin their fitness journey and help it become a way of living. Sending good vibes xoxo

  • As a 6’6 rider this is the best fit clinic video i’ve seen for MTB anywhere. The E-bike saddle recommendation is great, Love your work Doddy.

  • Watching this actually gives me the motivation to try this machine out!! I just started out at the gym. Thankyou so much for making these kind of videos ��