I have got a few questions on the squat, and i would like everybody who has experiences with the squat to answer. notice i said experiences rather than just opinions, of course experiences and scientific fact/evidence is what i am really looking for. so here goes.
i would like to know how to perform the powerlifting squat. the way i squat is for athletic purposes and i have my feet just wider than shoulder width with my feet turned out slightly and try to keep my back as upright as possible. i always squat to parallel or below.
secondly i was performing the overhead squat the other day and one of the other gym members noticed that my knees were moving slightly passed my toes when viewed from the side, even though i was sitting back. he then told me that the lowest point of the squat should be when the knees are over the toes. if not and they moved passed the toes, i would fuck my knees up and not be able to walk in ten years.
normally random comments from gym rats don’t phase me, but where the squat is concerned i always err on the side of caution. so are there any old timers lurking on the forum who have squatted deep all their life and have excellent knees? so does this knee thing matter that much? just so you know, when i squat, my knees never go more than a centimeter over my toes anyway.
before beginning the squat i create a tight arch in my back by rotating my pelvis backwards. towards the bottom of the squat my back starts to round losing the tight arch. let me clarify. it doesn’t become rounded, it stays flat but is not a tightly arched as when i begin the movement. is this what happens to you guys aswell?
hope you all reply and thanks for taking the time to read this. if any of this is unclear please tell me and i will clear it up.