Tip: Squats and Body Types

The best squat style for you depends on limb length and other genetic factors. Here's a quick overview.

  • A wider stance is generally better for a long-limbed lifter, allowing him or her to go lower and build the quads.
  • Think of your body as a pyramid: the higher the summit, the wider the base has to be.
  • Shorter lifters can get away with a narrower stance. They can still be strong and maintain a more upright position.
  • Taller lifters have a longer stroke (more distance is travelled) than shorter lifters, even if they don't get as deep in the squat.
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