Originally Posted by BendtheBar
Anyone know if there is any correlation between squatting on the toes and knee related problems/strain?
I think you could have a raise heel shoe and still squat on your heels to a certain degree, but that's speculation. I never tried that I can remember...
As AdamF has pointed out, it is possible. My points earlier stem from my experience with noobs and gravity. If you start leaning forward, you have to consciously work at keeping your weight back. I am not saying it can't be done, just that for new lifters, it is not the best way to lift.
I would also add that our own personal bio-mechanics can affect our squats. I use a fairly narrow stance to get down deep, my son has to go fairly wide to achieve the same depth. That is why it is dangerous to for anyone to state that any one movement is optimal across the board. AdamF and Trevor love the heel elevated squat, for me it puts my center of gravity too far forward and hurts my knees. It is not the position that is wrong, it is my bio-mechanics that are wrong for that position.
For a beginning lifter, do they need to focusing on these other dimensions or learning proper form. As a lifter advances, as we all do, they can begin to try different variations of the lift.