Hey, I’ve been having a problem lately that has been recurring.
It seems like every time I go remotely heavy, my RIGHT knee caves. Doesn’t matter what stance I use. I can go narrow, medium, or medium-wide and am flexible enough for them all and to stay on the heels.
It happens more on back squat than front squat but happens on both and my form is v similar. My knee has been giving tiny twinges for the first time ever, so I know I have to cut the weight down a LOT (this is happening with like 80% of my 1RM and up).
So, what is going on here? I hear hamstring weakness frequently because they serve as a stabilizer even though they are slacked, but it’s only my right knee. Maybe hips?
my other question is:
(1) do you guys really push the knees far out the entire rep on all of your squats? specific to o-lifting
It seems like a lot of the olympic lifters in all weight classes just squat up and down with the knees pointed the same direction as the toes (although sometimes they get pushed out at the top, or in on very heavy attempts). It seems like this might recruit the hips more and quads less. I could be wrong. If these are different things are there examples of people with both styles, and what is better suited for taller/longer limbed and heavier lifters?
my PL friend has me push the knees WAY out even when I go ATG, is this standard? Gotta use less weight when I do this. But I can also point the toes more forward and/or go narrower and it seems like my knees kind of push forward. Nothing really feels more natural and the problem happens with both. I have to use less weight with either stance to keep the knees out, and by pushing them out, they go WAY out.
What do you guys think? long and complicated post but I just can’t figure this out.
Either way, I’m dropping the weight for now, but I’d really like input.