Shoulder-Width Squat Stance Not Best for All
Some bits of training wisdom are universally accepted as gospel, mainly because experience has proved them true for most people. When it comes to foot stance on barbell squats, we're told from day one that shoulder width is best for bodybuilders. That directs more stress to the quads than a wider stance, which invariably involves glutes and inner thighs more. IFBB pro Evan Centopani certainly subscribed to that maxim.
The problem is, some people actually could stand to have a lot more mass in those areas. Evan was one, though he didn't realize it until he lost his first bid at the Nationals to Desmond Miller, a man with truly freaky wheels.
"I started training with a guy named Justin Miller twice a month for legs," Evan said. "Justin had me open up my stance on squats, and almost right away I could feel I was on to something."
A year later-sporting much btter legs-Evan won the Nationals. Then he took an entire year to grow and improve before making his pro debut. Now his legs match his immense upper body-no easy feat, considering the massive shoulders, arms and back he's known for. He now knows that even the most commonly accepted tenets of training aren't written in stone. When it comes to something as basic as squats, we all need to find what works best for us.
"Shoulder width is what you always hear, but a lot of guys would be better off opening up their stance a little more, especially taller bodybuilders," he says.