Where is the option for all the way?
I can't believe people still think squatting deep is bad for the knees.
Alright so there has been a thread like this but it was years ago and didn't have a poll and was back in like 09.
Anyways how low do you go?
Also is going past a certain point or not going low enough bad for the knees? I hear a lot going both ways.
Oh and below parallel here.
I can get decently below parallel, but I have plenty of work to do. Still trying to tidy up form and since I'm running a deficit anyway no sense trying to push for big numbers.
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Squatting for me seems to be the most difficult thing. I do them so I can get better and have strong legs but I never feel good when doing squats. I'm very unbalanced and I always seem to get stuck or fear ill get stuck coming back up. I'm somewhat new to lifting I don't even have a full year under my belt. I've been going to the gym on and off for years now but up until the beginning of this year I just lifted to lift where as now I'm lifting to get stronger and bigger.
Any tips on over coming my squatting fears? Right now I'd say I go parallel or just above with a free bar. I used to use a smith machine and would feel comfortable going all the way down.
Last edited by epbrown; 10-17-2012 at 05:01 PM.
Im in the Army and we argue this too. A buddy of mine says the reason he squats below parralell is lets say you have to pickup a wounded or disabled soldier. That soldier weighs his weight plus the 40-80 lbs of gear and equipment he has on him.
You are also wearing and lifting that same equipment. If you have to negotiate lifting you + him from the ground, you will need that extra oomph to get back up on your feet.
I understand this isnt an everyday task for most people, but the point here is if you train your muscles to perform a task, you limit yourself when you attempt to exceed that task.
If you need to build strength in picking someone up off the ground, then you are better off spending your time doing sumo or regular deads. Probably throw in some cleans too. If the argument is that it is better in competition- well, you .5% that are doing this better listen up. For anyone else- parallel is just fine.
Use a low bar backsquat and go below parallel, this will allow you strengthen your posterior chain bringing it through a full stretch reflex. Go out and get a book called Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe. People need to learn how to train and strengthen their bodies properly.
squatting to parallel is akin to only do 3/4 of a bicep curl, or not locking out at the top of a deadlift. Why should you go all the way? Because that's the full ROM on a squat. No it's not bad for your knees, and if squatting to full depth hurts your knees there is some other underlying issue unrelated to squatting.
As for the exercise in question: I tried going below parallel for a few reps last Saturday and it seemed to work my glutes and hip flexors more than my quads once I went below parallel. And I could definitely see where someone might have trouble keeping their knee position stable going that low.