People often debate raising the heels in squatting. This study
shows a decrease in back stress with heel elevation. Now we have experience plus research evidence.
I have always felt that raising the heels makes a squat look better and, in my experience a better looking squat is a better squat ( think Sh_ _ test, looks like _ _ it, smells like _ _ it, probably is sh _ _ )
The question is why? In a conversation at an MBSC staff meeting the answer popped into my head.
Squats fall apart when ankle motion ends. This is why the FMS raises the heel for a 2.
What raising the heel does is create plantar flexion. You effectively give the ankle more motion to move through?
What are your thoughts on this? Tell us on this forum thread