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TACDGB Posts: 6,136
10/12/13 7:40 P

I got my squat lesson today from my group core instructor. Go as low as you can go with your back get to choose your squat zone either narrow or wide. I do wide because it is easier on my arthritic knee. What the other posters wrote is correct...

10/12/13 1:31 P

My apologies, with my clients I have found that is a common error in technique.

Go as deep as your flexibility allows. The reason to not stop parallel is that places the maximum shear stress on the knee joint.

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10/12/13 12:18 P

In response to SERGEANTMAJOR:

I am sorry you misinterpreted my post. My whole point was that I do NOT allow my knees to go forward -- because if they do go forward, it puts too much stress on my knees. I keep my knees over my ankles (pushing my butt way back) and all is well.

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10/12/13 11:50 A

Best squat tutorial here:

10/12/13 10:42 A


If you knees are going forward have someone check your squat form. To do a proper squat you sit down, that is you initiate the squat by pushing your buttocks to the rear while keeping your back straight and head erect. A properly executed squat will not cause discomfort in the knees.

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
10/11/13 3:50 P

my trainer is working with me on the perfect squat. I started on the TRX and could get super low since i had the support of the bands. he told me my knees were facing the right direction- forward-. feet were facing forward too.
He then took me to the 24" box. I held a 20 pound weight in front of me and squated to just where my butt touched the step, stood up and squeezed. I did a 10,15,20,15,10 routine.
after a few weeks I will go to a 20 inch box then lower and lower until i don't need the box.

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10/10/13 11:19 P

If my knees move forward more than a couple of inches, it puts too much torque on them and it hurts a lot. I have to keep my knees pretty much in line with my ankles to protect my knees.

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10/10/13 8:03 P

personally I have knee pain so really sticking out that booty helps

another thing is squat stretching. one is going down in a squat low position. hold on to something solid and stay there for one or two mintues. another one is where you sit close to the wall and slide your feet on the wall so you are in a squat position upside down. and push out your knees. and staying with your legs on teh wall spread them wide and stretch out the inner thighs and groin.

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10/9/13 9:53 P

Thanks, all! Glad to see pretty much everyone has the same thought.

10/9/13 4:07 P

My gym encourages full range of motion. For most people this means that your heels stay on the floor and your hip fold drops below your knees. It take practice and proper flexibility I do want to keep my knees behind my toes so that the weight stays on my heels..

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10/9/13 3:23 P

as low as you can go! Your knees will go beyond the toes (if that's what you want to call it) in a perfect A2G squat. But as long as your heels are on the floor, you're fine.

10/9/13 2:35 P

The guy in the video says to keep the knees behind the toes.. yet his knees pass his toes! But that's actually ok. It's not necessarily bad for the knees to go in front of the toes provided that your hips are going back far enough, and your knees don't slide forward on the way up.
So go as deep as you can with good form. If you're unsure of your form, post a video taken from the side.

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10/9/13 1:50 P

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10/9/13 1:19 P

I've heard/read two different things about squats and am not sure which is correct. Should the lowest part of the squat be with thighs parallel to the ground, or should you go down as far as you can (without letting knees extend beyond toes)? If it makes a difference, I am doing them with dumbbells.

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