I am squating lower, but my knees hurt

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  1. filho do deus

    filho do deus New Member

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    I used to squat till ~parallel, but someone on here said above parallel is bad because your knees stop the weight. If you go below parallel your leg muscles stop the weight.

    I've decreased the weight a little bit and started going lower than parallel, and now my knees hurt. Whats the deal?

    My stance is narrow with my feet pointed out about 45 degrees.
     
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    try it with a wide stance and force your knees outward as you descend
     
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    Widening it makes it harder to go low. Will see how it works out in the gym.
    Thanks for the video :bigthumb:
     
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    filho do deus New Member

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    I always have to force my knees outward when I'm going up or they buckle :dunno:
     
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    Wow I'm a retard. My feet were like 4 inches apart today. No wonder I couldn't go parallel.
     
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    Also make sure your knees are tracking out over your toes in the same direction as your toes are pointing.
     
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    Makes it much harder to go deep the wider you stand. Work on your mobility and widen it little by little.
     
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    :werd: magnificent mobility dvd is really good for this.
     
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    I had my heels propped lol
     
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    I have a tendon issue in both knee's. Nothing that requires surgery yet, but at some point I'm going to need it. I can't squat anymore, which sucks cause I love squatting. I can't even warm up with a bar without it hurting. Yet, I can use this modified machine in the gym without issue, go figure.
     
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    kilian You've got quite a treasure there in that Horadric OT Supporter

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    There's actually a use for doing that kind of stance.

    You keep your stance super close with light weight and rep without locking out at the top. Insane quad pump.

    I forget the dudes name... some huge guy I saw doing it...

    fuck 1 sec

    [y]V6pzHogFe-I[/y]
     
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    filho do deus New Member

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    i got in the gym and i went much lower. i found myself getting stuck below parallel. my knees dont hurt though.

    I had to drop my weight even more :hs: Oh well.
     
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    Box squats will really help you on that out-of-the hole.
     
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    Widen stance, become more flexible, warm up before you lift. Really you just need very good hip flexibility and go wide...everyone squats narrow as fuck and they wonder why they can't lift any weight or go low.
     
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    well, what exactly is your goal? I mean most of the people here giving you squat advice are powerlifters or train like powerlifters and their technique may not be for you.
     
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