How Deep Should I Squat?
Perusing the internet can be comical. LOLcats, Buzzfeed, and Star Wars parodies aside, where I find the most comedy (or to be more precise, the most chest thumping, blatant lies, and fibbing) are in various training websites and forums.
It seems everyone on the internet – at least in training circles – is either some kind of unknown world-record holder or anonymous StrongMan competitor that no one’s ever heard of. Some of the numbers tossed out by the likes of PowerPlateJumboJim or DieselJackedGunz101 are astonishing.
Ever notice how many of them claim to bench press 400+ lbs (raw) or can pull 4x bodyweight (for reps) or boast how “they could have won State if only their high school coach didn’t have it in for them”?
It’s uncanny and makes for some quality entertainment.
In that same vein, it’s also amazing how many people on the internet squat “ass-to-grass.” For those unaware, the term “ass-to-grass” refers to one’s ability to squat deep or to the point where their butt touches their ankles. Or very close to it.
It’s often deemed the bro-tastic or “right” way to squat. While admirable, and in some cases an acceptable approach, I don’t agree with this mentality as it flies in the face of every individual’s own goals, needs, abilities, experience, and freakin anatomy.
In my latest article for T-Nation, I discuss the whole notion of “deep squats” and why they may not be a great fit for a large number of the population. Furthermore, I discuss the “butt wink,” what it is, what causes it (and what doesn’t), and how to resolve it.
It’s basically the greatest article ever written give or take a few billion. Let me know what you think!