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Squat Routine Critique


#1

hey guys i would be very happy if any of you would comment on my squat routine and my other routine suggestion

I squat two days a week 1 front squat and 1 back squat, i would like to squat way more but my knees just cant take it , on my squat days i do different deadlifts variations of 3 sets in the 3 - 5 rep range plus extra posteriorchain work like glutehamraise etc

this is the way i currently squat

Monday Back squat / friday front squat

Sets 1 - 3: Warm-ups with a load lower than 60% of the competition max/personal record
Sets 4 - 7: Work up to the daily 1 rep maximum
Sets 8-9: Daily max - 40lbs for 3 reps
Sets 10-12: Daily max - 25lbs for 2 reps

The other routine is something i come up with myself but with inspiration from other programs, it is kind of a 3 week cycle :

week 1 : monday 5x5 back squat friday 5x5 front squat
week 2: monday 5x3 back squat friday 5x3 front squat
week 3: monday 5x 1 back squat friday 5x1 front squat

for the 5x5 the 3 last sets are straight work sets
for the 5x3 there are worked up to 1 o 2 heavy triples
for the 5x1 there are worked up to 1 o 2 max singles (without psyching up)

at the end of the cycle either deload depending how i feel, or go for another cycle

i squat oly style and without any support (belt , wraps etc)

what to you guys think about my squat routine suggestion ?


#2

if you are making progress with it, keep it, if not, change it. simple as that.


#3

why does squatting hurt your knees?


#4

Squatting does not hurt my knees in that way, to much squatting just gives my knees to much inflamation ( tendonitits) :(.


#5

Switch to low bar, parallel squats for a while. I suppose in is your patellar tendon, so low bar squats will help you a lot.


#6

maybe i should try that,thanks man very kind of you, appreiciate it alot :slight_smile: