To start…I’m a pretty extreme ectomorph, and tall, 6’2". Before I started working out I was only 135, but got up to 165 in Dec '06 before I had some injuries (weight lifting related and not) and lost 12 pounds over the last five months.
For the record what I’ve hurt was my hip and my knee. In retrospect I realize that I screwed up my hip from bad deadlifting form, but I think I’ve done a good job at correcting that. Everything’s pretty decently healed now, so I just want to assure that I don’t break myself again.
I’ve been training on and off over the last four years (the last two were the most regimented), but I keep straining/hurting my knees doing squats. I’ve had several people critique my form but it hasn’t helped significantly.
Last time I lifted, some dude recommended that I use a wider stance (kind of like… sumo squats?). Does that sound like a good idea? Do you have any other suggestions for me to try out?