Squats

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Inspector Clouseau
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2011/07/27 08:01:30 (permalink)

Squats

When I was in H.S. (1960 - 1962) we were taught to no longer go 'below knee level' when doing knee bends (squats). Now I see on the video's that the instructors are often going way below the knees. What is the proper technique and why?
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    Exerciseman
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    Re:Squats 2011/07/27 08:43:06 (permalink)
    Perhaps Dr Michelle can jump in here but my understanding is that the theory that squatting below parallel being inherently dangerous is an old wife's tail. As you suggest it is about form and many people lack the range of motion to do it successfully - ie keep their heels down and weight back on the heels without leaning forward too much.  I believe if you can develop the range and strength to go lower without discomfort then you will gain functionally with daily squatting activities such as weeding and picking up small toys ( I remember Barbie shoes!). I get sore looking at people who strain their back in such activities. Think about small children and so called "primitive" peoples. The low squat is quite natural (but they are resting not doing an exercise squat). On the other hand - I may be out of date on this one and would love to hear from Dr Olson...D
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    Carol S.
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    Re:Squats 2011/07/27 09:09:21 (permalink)
    Hi, E-Man-

    After reading your post I got out of my office chair, and got into a very low squat.  Putting my weight soundly on my heels I got up.  I felt absolutely no stress/pressure in my knees.  It was my quadriceps that got me up.  As you mention, the weight has got to be back and on the heels.
    post edited by Carol S. - 2011/07/27 09:11:06

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    Carol S.
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    Re:Squats 2011/07/27 09:28:40 (permalink)
    . . .Got out of my chair again to see if the same principle would work with lunges.  It does.

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    katie
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    Re:Squats 2011/07/27 09:51:45 (permalink)
    Exerciseman

     Think about small children and so called "primitive" peoples. The low squat is quite natural (but they are resting not doing an exercise squat). 


    I think the "resting" squat that you are referring to is similar to "Malasana" in Yoga.  I'm sure there is a western term reference for that pose but I don't know what it is.  Although there is caution for this pose for people who are dealing with bad knees or have a back injury.    I think the challenge with doing this correctly is getting back on your heels...as Carol stated, when she was back on her heels, getting up went to the thighs not the knees.  I think people who can't get their weight back on their heels would be at risk for aggravation.  I also hope Dr. M will respond...I really get alot out of her insight.
    post edited by katie - 2011/07/27 10:10:20

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    Michele Olson
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    Re:Squats 2011/07/27 19:27:58 (permalink)
    Exerciseman ("D") is correct.  I will post more detailed info tomorrow.  GREAT question!

    Hugs everyone, Doc Michele
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