then I went to Dr.Squat and he says squating is bad for the knees.
so is squatiing bad for the knees?
whats the deal?
someone should sticky a post on most forum about this subject because it’s asked alot.
I assume this is the Dr. Squat article you are talking about? In it he says yes they can be the cause of knee pain if your a body-builder, BUT, they can save your knees if your an athlete.
I am not going to debate whether or not squatting is bad for your knees because I’m sure the answer is “yes and no”. Yes: If your biomechanics is wrong, if you have muscle imbalances, etc. No: If you can do them with ease, proper mechanics, and the like. So I guees you could say it is all dependent upon how the squat fits into the rest of your workout program. And Remember, your workout program should be designed to bring up your weakness(es) to achieve maximum performance. (Before I get jumped on by non-athletes on this site, maximum performance can range from an athletic event to looking great and feeling great).
So, is the squat bad for your knees? MAYBE (just want you wanted to hear eh?) . But, I think the point many who debate this topic all allude to is if it is bad for your knees there are underlying reason(s) as to why, and that/those reason(s) should take priority in your regime anyways.
Now, with that out of the way, and not to hijack the thread, I have a question for all of the “westside” style squatters on the forum. With regards to the link above, what are your thoughts concerning Dr. Hatfields’s comments on as to why the feet should never point straight ahead (because over-recruitment of the adductors can lead to MCL damage, abnormal cartilage loading, and improper patellar tracking)? I ask this because I am under the impression (assuming I am remembering what I read correctly) that with the westside style of squat, it is advocated to point the feet straight ahead and try to spread a part the floor to FURTHER recruit the adductors in an effort to lift more weight.
I am not saying that style of set up is wrong, just curious if those who squat that way knew of those potential side-effects, and your thoughts on those comments?