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Clicking Behind Knee (Outer Tendon) when Squatting in Powerlifting Shoes

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#1

Ive been having an issue as of late with squatting and my new adipower lifting shoes with the raised heel.

It seems that unless my stance is insanely wide practically sumo (which really doesnt seem optimal for heavier loads), I get this issue where the outer (hamstring?) tendon behind my left knee clicks in and out during my squat.

Prior to this I would just lift in chucks or vans, with normal form (maybe a little wide) and never got this clicking sensation.

I would really like to use my new power lifting shoes preferably, as they did cost me $160+ and do seem to help with mobility a bit. If I have to, I may just go back to my chucks. As my typical squat stance is fairly wide and I do low-bar squats for my back loaded squats.

Thanks for your time everyone. And cheers!


#2

Are your knees worth $160?


#3

“Don’t have $100 shoes and a 10 cent squat” - Louie Simmons.


#4

I did a few reps today with my usual flat vans on and its still happening just to a lesser degree.

Its a lot less apparent with flat shoes, so maybe I’ve had this and just not noticed prior? And the lifting shoes made the popping really apparent? Looks like it might be something mild related to my IT Band I’m reading. No pain, just distracting and wierd to feel a tendon popping in and out when squatting.

Any thoughts on an IT Band popping during squats? Should I just work through it and ignore it since there’s no pain, maybe itll strengthen around it? Thanks.


#5

Look up snapping knee/hamstring

I get the same thing on hamstring curls. Freaks me out so I don’t do them much (avoid them)

IMO tweak,experiment and try to minimise it but like a lot of things if there’s no pain (yet?) is not something to worry about.


#6

Hi mate,

I’ve got a few questions.

Is this still happening?
Do you have a desk job?
What does your warm up look like?
What is your training age?
Do you do any direct glute work?
Do you do any direct hamstring work?