If not, why not?
Squatting is one of the most fundamental movement patterns we can perform as a human being. Squatting is not bad for your knees
Inactivity is bad for your knees
Having high blood pressure is bad for your knees
Being overweight is very bad for your knees
Fatty foods are bad for your knees
Crossing your legs whilst sitting is bad for your knees
Squatting with bad technique is bad for your knees
85% of us suffer with or are guilty of performing some of the above, yet we wont squat as this movement is “bad’ for our knees. Next time you order your burger and fries from the drive through window think about the damage you doing to your knees.
Let me explain, foods with high calories and low nutritional value are “inflammatory” foods. Anti inflammatory foods like vegetables, herbs and foods high in omega 3’s are “antiinflammatory” as they protect the tissue around your joints (knees) from inflammation.
Too often I have new clients in the gym blame their bad knee issues on squats, likewise they avoid exercises like deadlifts due to lower back problems.
Unless you have genuinely injured your knees, been born with a genetic predisposition or literally had your knee capsule explode due to sport, accidents, incidents and life then you really need to think twice about why you suffer with knee pain.
Knee problems actually stem from weakness. A weak core, weak hips, weak glutes, weak hamstrings. Not deadlifts and not squats, not exercises designed to improve your bodies functionality, strength, mobility and performance.
nee proems actuay stem rom weaness. wea core, wea ps, wea gutes, wea amstrngs. Not deadlifts and not squats, not exercises designed to improve your bodies functionality, strength, mobility and performance.
Instead of avoiding big exercises, use them to strengthen your weaknesses. At OTG we use the deadlift to rehabilitate old back injuries, with an extremely high success rate. Deadlifts are a form of corrective exercise.
Squatting and ensuring proper patella tracking and recovery protocols wont result in wear and tear on your joint, however parallel squats and above ALWAYS cause an increase in sheer forces.
Squatting with poor form will be very bad for your knees. Listen to your coach, pay attention to your movement patterns, never be in a rush, always show control. To perfect the movement on the squat, control the eccentric portion of the movement, this ensures you will land in the hole in the right position and almost guarantee you will come out the hole in a strong position.
Too many people don’t do them because they too hard, those same people are the men and women you see taking the elevator to the gym entrance.
Don’t complain about your weaknesses if you haven’t done everything under the sun to make them your strengths.