One of the worst things you can do to yourself along with spinal injuries.
But yeah my friend said ass to calf squats blow out your knees and you're supposed to go 90 degrees because that's the perfect running form.
Is this true? Should I be doing 90 degree squats?
Perfect running form? If you run with your legs at parallel, I don't think you are moving too fast.
You need to squat with good form. If you squat high with bad form...you can hurt yourself. If you squat to parallel with bad form....you can hurt yourself. If you squat until your ass nearly hits the floor with bad form....you can hurt yourself. Decide how deep you want to squat. Start very light and perfect your form as best you can. Add weight and go.
Best Meet Lifts(Raw):
@165- 430(w/wraps) SQ 260 BE 560 DL.....1250 total
@181- 470(w/wraps) SQ 285 BE 565 DL.....1320 total
Best Meet Lifts(Multi-ply):
@148- 575 SQ 315 BE 515 DL.....1400 total
@165- 680 SQ 380 BE 540 DL.....1555 total
@181- 700 SQ 375 BE 535 DL.....1605 total
Best Gym Lifts(Raw)
455(w/wraps) SQ 275 BE 545 DL
I still don't understand how people could possibly think that a full range of motion movement like an ATF squat could be worse than stopping, with all that weight on your back, half way through the movement and going back. It just doesn't make sense.
Don't squat on a Smith Machine (save safety squats) and don't stop before parallel.
"The only easy day was yesterday."
And so is this:
Going below paralell does put extra stress on the knees. You wont nessecarily "blow them out" but your probably better off just going to paralell.
Read this to find out why: http://www.stumptuous.com/cms/displayarticle.php?aid=52
Last edited by Anthony; 04-07-2007 at 08:30 PM.
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This is just a myth that will never die.
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Weightlifting sucks. I just like to lift heavy things.
Squat deep, sit back.
So many people just let their tibias move forward a lot, thus using the quads more and putting a lot more stress on the knees rather than on the posterior chain. It's quite better to develop hip flexors flexibility and have a nice deep squat in which you sit back rather than developping crazy calf flexibility.
Last edited by Max Thunder; 04-08-2007 at 07:23 AM.
yes, watch the ****in knees bro, ive been out of squatting for 4 weeks now recovering because i did a set of breathing squats and near the end of the 20 my knees started taking the weight (leaned too far forward)......WHOOPS i ****ed up bad but im hoping to be back after icing and ibuprofen.
PS!!! Does anyone have any other suggestions to knee pain besides the two things mentioned above (and seeing a dr.)?
10/06:150lbs---8.5% bod fat--------------------3/25/07: 170 lbs
8/25/07: 163lbs---------goal @ 185 by (5/1/08)
-deadlift 370x6 (current 315)
-flat bb bench 205x5 (current 185)
-squat 265x6 (current rehab in knees, light legs)
-lat p/u BW+50 x 6 (current 35x6)
It's called a SQUAT because you're supposed to stick your butt out and actually squat down. Imagine that. tuttut
If you want to do some sort of half-ass close-to-parallel motion, at least have the courtesy to call your exercise a "sit" or a "knee bender" or something that more accurately tracks the actual movement you are performing.
Proper Squats are done to below parallel with as close to a full range of motion as your flexibility will allow--train your body the way it was built to move. This is biomechanics, not rocket science.