2017-10-09 at 5:51 AM #13191
I read the thread on Squatting and thought that I would add my own two cents. I used to Squat to the basement and I used to always have knee pain. I couldn’t go to dinner or the movies or sit in one position for more than ten minutes without my knees killing me.
About 5 years ago my father went to a knee surgeon to inquire about total knee replacement. When we were at the surgeons office I noticed picture’s of the NY Mets, NY Rangers on the wall all thanking the good doctor for his services. But the picture that really caught my attention was Dorian Yates. Yates also thanked the doctor for his services. Anyway after the doctor was done examining my father I thought that I would pick his brain. I told him about my knee problems but not what I did to get them in this condition. He told me to sit on the table, placed his hand on my knee and told me to extend my leg. I did and you could feel the snap crackle and pop.
He then looked me in the eye and said “If you keep Squatting below parallel I will see you in this office within ten years”
Hey guys, I like my knees that is all that I had to hear so since then 5 years I have not gone below parallel I have also not had any pain at all. My leg development has not suffered at all. I also attribute my leg pain from using wraps for sets which I never do anymore, I’ll use them only for reps. So those of you that go below parallel know the signs of problems and ask yourself is it worth it?
ROCK2017-10-09 at 6:30 AM #13192
Great post Rocky!
Personally I squat all the way down ONLY with light weight around 100 lb.) for form and for gluts.
For real heavy squats – do not go lower than parallel – you could injure not only your knees but your lower back also. And some times even the good doctor won’t be able to help 🙂2017-10-09 at 7:17 AM #13193
Both very good replies. I only go all the way down with the lower wieght as well to work on form and glute development. The heavier weight for strength developement I go to parallel. Have to save those knees…2017-10-09 at 7:49 AM #13194
BUMP THIS SUCKER UP!2017-10-09 at 8:45 AM #13195
Parallel is far enough for growth, anything more is a waste.
Tip of the day: To increase both your leg strength and size take your wraps and THROW THEM AWAY!!!! They serve no useful purpose in what we’re trying to accomplish, yes you can lift more but thats only cuz the wraps are making the bend harder, thus supporting some of the weight. Your not overloading the muscles like with say negatives.2017-10-09 at 9:41 AM #13196
Very good post. I almost never go all the way down because of that same reason. Back in High School during one of the breaks the the colleges get a former football player from our HS was working out in our gym. He played for Syracus at the time. He was doing squats all the way down and then it happened. I heard a pop and the whole gym turned to look, he blew his knee out. By by career in the NFL, I think he is selling cars now. But that always kept me from squating all the way down.
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