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    Squats bad for you knees

    Over the last year of so, I've heard from a number of females, some quite experienced ones that they don't do squats or they limit ROM or they reduced weight due to bad knees.

    I thought squats were good for your knees, so I'm don't understand where they are coming from.

    What's your view on this?

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    From what I have seen...

    alot of women with wider hips tend to cave in alot wih squats, the female weightlifters all do a lot of glute work and lunges and strengthening the abductors.

    Knee pain for femles prob has more to do with the caving in then the movement itself.
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    Well partial squats are firstly worse for your knees. I can't remember why but I do remember reading such a comment in Starting Strength. Something to do with the disproportionate amount of pull place on the knee from the quad against the hamstring.

    Women also have *generally* what is known as a greater "Q Angle" (I have no real idea why it is called this). This is the relationship between the width of the hips in comparison to the knees. Women have broader hips generally with more narrow knees in comparison to men. This can but more strain on the knee joint.
    Something else may simply be the fact that they have bad form though I can't say this for certain as I don't know the ladies...
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    They are speaking from a position of ignorance.

    There are issues with women and form and squatting, but if they get their form right, there's usually no real issue.
    Squats work better than supplements.
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    Thanks guys,

    Any recommendations on articles on the pros and cons of different types of squats?

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    atf squats i would say put the least amount of pressure on the knees.

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    I can't post links but go to exrx (dot) net and look for "squat analysis" it has a lot of good info about squats.

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    If you have knee issues to begin with, you have to be cautious, but yes, done properly, squats should strengthen the knee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MihalikPJ View Post
    I can't post links but go to exrx (dot) net and look for "squat analysis" it has a lot of good info about squats.
    This page: http://www.exrx.net/ExInfo/Squats.html

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    I think there's some info at stumptuous.com
    Squats work better than supplements.
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    Stumptuous is great...
    but don't forget Sensei's great vids: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_lis...3D688F10C4DE1F
    And even the Dan John vid: http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...81301858251744

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    I'd forgotten about stumptuous, that's excellent material for discussing with females, most of material out there is masculine.

    Haven't seen it in a while, but Sensi's video has a good preamble about learning to squat from the bottom upwards. Useful material.

    Two of the females in question are gym instructors who, amongst other things instruct a high rep low weight routine designed by Les Mills. Les Mills put a restriction on squat depth. http://www.lesmills.com/global/en/me...the-moves.aspx Click on squats.

    I'll check out the Dan Wolf video tonight, can't watch video's at work, some sort of firewall or proxy problem I haven't figured out.

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    Came upon 1 1/4 squats, haven't seen these ones before
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesbytes View Post
    Came upon 1 1/4 squats, haven't seen these ones before
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    Yes, with girls the problem is compounded by heeled shoes. She is def an Oly lifter from that squat and the shoes.
    Being a strong teenager means nothing.

    My wrists hurt, but some people don't have wrists to be sore. My knees have tendinitis, but some people don't have legs to get tendinitis in. I seem to be going backwards with training, yet some people can't even walk let alone lift 400 pounds on a daily basis.

    Dust out the vagina, and keep on lifting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesbytes View Post
    about learning to squat from the bottom upwards. Useful material.

    Two of the females in question are gym instructors who, amongst other things instruct a high rep low weight routine designed by Les Mills. Les Mills put a restriction on squat depth. http://www.lesmills.com/global/en/me...the-moves.aspx Click on squats.
    I think I'd find a better resource than that. Wow.
    Squats work better than supplements.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Stagg View Post
    I think I'd find a better resource than that. Wow.

    A little piece of me just died.
    Being a strong teenager means nothing.

    My wrists hurt, but some people don't have wrists to be sore. My knees have tendinitis, but some people don't have legs to get tendinitis in. I seem to be going backwards with training, yet some people can't even walk let alone lift 400 pounds on a daily basis.

    Dust out the vagina, and keep on lifting.

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    Lol, ya that chick did those 40 lb. squats with pretty bad form.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Stagg View Post
    I think I'd find a better resource than that. Wow.
    This is a Les Mills demo of the program that they instruct. My point being that the program that they train requires them to squat no more than parallel. In the demo vid, its a bit above parallel.

    Adding to that, the program performs about 80 squats of various types within 5 minutes, we may describe that as a 25kg/55lbs*80*1 set. The number of times an instructor conducts a class varies between 1 and about 20 per week, but most are doing around 5 - 7 classes.

    I've been thinking that as they get better at the Les Mills squats and bump the weight up, the sheer number of that type of squats during a week may be putting too much strain on their knees. Just a thought and I can't substantiate it. Views on this?

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    I liked her 1 shoulder strap amazon spandex. That video was.... very informative?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Runty View Post
    I liked her 1 shoulder strap amazon spandex. That video was.... very informative?
    Yes watching females squat can be rather informative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesbytes View Post
    This is a Les Mills demo of the program that they instruct. My point being that the program that they train requires them to squat no more than parallel. In the demo vid, its a bit above parallel.

    Adding to that, the program performs about 80 squats of various types within 5 minutes, we may describe that as a 25kg/55lbs*80*1 set. The number of times an instructor conducts a class varies between 1 and about 20 per week, but most are doing around 5 - 7 classes.

    I've been thinking that as they get better at the Les Mills squats and bump the weight up, the sheer number of that type of squats during a week may be putting too much strain on their knees. Just a thought and I can't substantiate it. Views on this?

    Humans should squat deep. THE END.
    Being a strong teenager means nothing.

    My wrists hurt, but some people don't have wrists to be sore. My knees have tendinitis, but some people don't have legs to get tendinitis in. I seem to be going backwards with training, yet some people can't even walk let alone lift 400 pounds on a daily basis.

    Dust out the vagina, and keep on lifting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuzzy View Post
    Humans should squat deep. THE END.
    But where are the facts that back up the full squat argument?

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    I think there's a big danger in NOT doing them with full ROM. I forgot why exactly but I think it has to do with flexibility issues.
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    Dude. If you don't want to do squats, then don't do them. I mean, what are you trying to say? You think all of a sudden the world is going to go "oh, welp, squatting is bad for your knees, so I guess we won't squat ever again." Come on. Living is bad for your body. Sooner or later, everything is going to break down and become damaged. If you believe your "facts" that you found, then great! Go do some quarter squats or whatever makes you feel good. What do you expect us to say here? The proof has been provided a million times over and over and it can be found in many of the Online Journals at this site.
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