So, I was in the gym yesterday, doing powerlifting stance squats, when a kid I know, whose on the track team says “squatting like that is bad for your back.” Anyway, I just played it off and said “OK, how do I squat then?” and he squats down, knees break first, knees about 5 inches infront of his toes, and somehow ends up in an oly style squat. Needless to say, I said “I think I’ll just squat this way, you’re going to hurt your knees doing that.”
He said the S&C coach said to squat like he does, its ok for his knees to go past his toes, and I was just doing wide stance to make my ROM shorter. I tried explaining it puts more emphasis on the hams and glutes, he wasnt buyin’ it.
Before he walked away, he said doing shorter ROM squats shortens the muscle and sets athletes up for injury “But its ok, because you’re not an athlete…” He said the S&C coach told him that.
I dont see how this is true, does this hold any truth?