@CT I am wondering your thoughts on this. I recall John Broz arguing that those who think the squat is dangerous often are proponents of the lunge. He referenced his ex girlfriend who tore her meniscus lunging and he argue the squat is safer. I tend to agree the squat is safer and I don’t know who some fitness advocates put so much primacy on single leg movements being safe. Take the bulgarian split squat and if the back foot is elevated too high then their poses a risk to the lower back.
Is the squat and possible the dead-squat safer in your opinion than weighted single leg work?
To me lunging forward with 300lb and having the other kneecap hit the ground looks like it can create a whole host of injuries.