Parallel or Full Squat? v.knee health

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  1. lif

    lif New Member

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    What's better for your knees, parallel or full squat? What i've read all conflicts itself along with my friends and i was wondering what you guys think.
     
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    There are different reasons to do both :dunno:

    But contrary to popular opinion, full squats done properly with good form will NOT hurt your knees.
     
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    full squats are better
     
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    "If you think [squats are] bad for your knees going low, you and whoever told you that are relying on an old wives tale. Anyone who knows the human body will tell you that below parallel is MUCH safer on the knees whereas parallel and above put all the sheer right on them and doesn’t allow proper transfer of the load to the rest of your body (this is how your body was designed). Read the Squat article from Arioch linked in the TOC for a complete description and references on the mechanics of the squat and depth."
     
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    i just read that going below parallel is actually better for your knees

    does anyone know is olympic lifters have bad knee problems?
     
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    yes plenty of olympic lifters have knee problems. most of it is from getting rebound out of the bottom though so if you avoid that you should be alright. also parallel power squats if done right put almost no sheer on your knee
     
  7. A study I read said that olympic lifters have healthier backs and knees than power lifters, skiiers, and runners.

    Knee problems are usually a result of the weakness of muscles surrounding the knee, not how much weight you put on it unless it is locked or laterally torqued.
     
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    PurEvl going out gassed and not half assed...

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    some people can an some people cant...all in how your built...imo
     
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    I have one friend who always tells me squats are bad for your back and knees. I just don't agrue.
     
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    as long as you don't bounce at the bottom, your knees will be fine

    take it slow and stay in control
     
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    Hpower GO GATORS

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    Do you have an article I can read about this?
     
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    Depending on what type of leg press it is. I've been in a few different types of pressing machines and some seemed worse than others.
     
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    for some reason i can only go a2g on front squats. I cant even do a normal squat with feet closer than sumo width :o
     
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    same
     
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    what happens if you try?
     
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    my heels come up..i can do them with a 2x4 under my heel
     
  17. cls

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    I used to not be able to go ATG with back squats (only front). I started doing overhead squats, got my flexibility in check... now I can drop right down to the ground.
     
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    need to improve hip and calf flexibility
     
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    im pretty sure its all calf..

    can i do like a static hold on a toe raise to improve it? at this point cant get my knee to toe level
     
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    this is pretty much the best calf stretch. do it on both feet and try to keep moving your hands back towards your feet while trying to push your heels into the ground. itll actually stretch out the entire back of your leg but especially your calves/lower hamstrings which is where your inflexibility is
     
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    :bigthumb: thank you sir
     
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    ive found the best way to get the flexibility for the movements was to force myself down into the positions. like just hold onto a bar or whatever you have to do and just sit down in a full squat position for a a few sets of 20-30 seconds. same thing with overhead squats, use a broomstick or whatever you have to and just get down in the lowest position you can and hold it. its always beat the hell out of stretching as far as effectiveness for me
     
  23. cls

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    This worked great for me. Do it with a bar in an overhead squat position if you can, but even just body weight will help.
     
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    Squatting a2g 3x a week owns my knees, but i've had knee problems in the past so i'm not a good indicator.
     
  25. GOGZILLA

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    so why dont you cut down the amount of squatting you do?
     
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