Whether you are new to the gym or a long term veteran, the squat should be a key part of your weights program. The squat is one of the best exercises you can perform to develop total body strength, power and overall athleticism. However, there are still some common myths, misconceptions and overall confusion amongst gym goers which can dispel some from performing this exercise and reaping the raft of benefits the squat provides. Part 3 of this blog series will hopefully drive away some of those myths and get you squatting in no time.
Should we fear deep squatting?
Another common myth that goes around the gym is that deep squats will ruin your knees and cripple you with arthritis. This originated a long time ago, when a certain doctor linked deep squats with traumatic knee injuries in football. The doctor’s rationale was that deep squats stretched and loaded the important ligaments in the knee, making them at higher risk of injury. This has been shown time and time again with more modern research however to be completely false.
Additionally, recent research not only shows that there is there nothing wrong with deep squatting and your knees passing toes, but this actually helps to protect us against injuries rather than cause any!
Take Home Messages:
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