WOD May 12, 2012
Back Squat: 5-5-5-5-5
Squat Often, Squat Deep
Squatting seems to have a bad rap. There are a lot of trainers out there that will tell you that squatting is bad for the knees and that if you have to squat to not go below parallel (don’t squat deep they may say). Well that is all a load of bull.
Try this for a minute. Sit down on the floor with your legs straight out in front of you. Now stand up without letting either one of your knees bend more than 90 degrees. I’m willing to bet you can’t do it.
Your knee bending more than 90 degrees is the range of motion you were designed to have. Now I wouldn’t take a 50 year old man who doesn’t have that range of motion because he has lived a sedentary lifestyle and hasn’t moved that much in years and throw 135lbs on his back and tell him to squat deep 50 times. That’s just ridiculous. But I would take that man and consistently work on his squat over and over and over again until he regained that range of motion. Then when he had it back I would throw a little weight on his shoulders and strengthen that movement. Then I would repeat the process.
Our goal is to take the normal range of motion you were designed to have and make those movements stronger over time. Eventually you will build a strong body that will last you the rest of your life…and keep you from having to use the assistance bars in the bathroom stall.
Have you ever been told to never squat below parallel? How did you react? What did you say the first time we told you to squat deep? How’s that range of motion now?