Why We Turn The Feet Out In The Pull
Not a lot of people want to fight the turning out of the feet in the pull like they do in the squat, but just in case, here is a quick run down of why we want the feet turned out about 10-20 degrees relative to the centerline.
- The knees need to be pushed out in the starting position and first pull, and turning the feet out keeps the knees more aligned, although it's not necessary this alignment be perfect. The knees-out position allows the hips to move closer to the bar (creating a more upright posture).
- It's stronger. Glyadkovsky & Rodionov found that forcing lifters to pull with the feet straight forward reduced snatch and clean weights by 2.5-5kg.
- It allows the hips to move more naturally, meaning a better back arch and smoother pull from the floor.