Does Everyone Need to Squat (Deep)
In a word: No!
In my latest T-Nation article I tackle the often controversial topic of squatting. Why it’s controversial I really have no idea. Squatting is a basic human movement pattern that I feel provides a gulf of benefits – everything from improved performance on the playing field to helping to offset many of the postural imbalances that we get from sitting on our rumps all day long.
The rub is that most people have the movement quality if C3PO on a good day. LOL – see what I just did there? You see, C3PO is a robot and he doesn’t move well and……
…..okay, never mind.
Essentially, when loaded squats start to enter the picture and we start to debate safety, well, that’s just a different conversation altogether.
Moreover, squat depth is a rarely discussed topic. Well, I take that back. People are always arguing over squat depth. On one end of the spectrum you have those who feel if you’re not squatting ass to calves (ass to grass in BroSpeak), you should just go home and watch The Notebook.
At the other end, you have those who have no idea what proper (or even “safe”) squat depth is. Here, I’m referring to all the world renowned squatters on the internet who “claim” to squat 500 lbs. For reps.
With a two inch range of motion.
All kidding aside, all squats aren’t created equal. Likewise, squat depth is going to be a highly individual component depending on one’s training experience, pertinent injury history, so on and so forth.
In this article I discuss why I looooooove squats, but more importantly how to “screen” appropriate squat depth.
Check it out HERE.
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