Knees Out, Not-Knees-In, Neither, and Other Passionate Opinions


Maybe I shouldn’t assume you know what I mean, but I’m sure many of you at least started to roll your eyes upon reading the title of this article (SEE: beating a dead horse). The Cliff’s Notes is that there are packs of people that are ready to engage in a war over knee position while squatting. I’m not here to do that, however. Actually, I think the Internet is reaching its capacity for opinions on the matter of knee position while squatting. But that’s exactly my point.

I have a different perspective on this war of valgus versus varus knee while squatting. To describe my position, imagine that I’m like a proud friend with a beer in hand watching his two friends rough housing and wrestling. To me this Internet battle is neither threatening nor disruptive. It’s fun. As a matter of fact, I’d argue it’s a sign that things are wonderful.

You see, Bob Takano, Don McCauley, and others that I see passionately combating the “knees out” approach are participating in an effort that is changing the world. And even though Kelly Starrett and the “not-knees-in” camp seem like they’d do anything to cut down their opposition, they are changing the world as well. What they don’t realize is that though they disagree, they are changing the world together.

This is a revolution of human movement and performance. This chunk of years that we are living in right now will go down in history because of these very arguments. So, to me, I say, “Have at it!” Fight tooth and nail. It’s brilliant.

If we all went around nodding our robotic heads to what we’ve always believed and done in the weight room we’d have a lot less arguments, but it wouldn’t be a revolution. That’s for sure.

As an active participant in this community, I hope you can settle into this perspective as well. With this outlook, maybe this “battle,” then, isn’t a threat but a sign of the times. Let me be the first to tell you that these times are some of the best in history.

Thank you for fighting the good fight, whichever camp it is that you fight for, coaches.

Logan Gelbrich