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How low do you squat?

ninerbuffninerbuff Member, Greeter Posts: 44,881 Member Member, Greeter Posts: 44,881 Member
The consensus is for a correct squat, parallel is the desired level. Personally for me, I go ATG. Of course that hinders the amount of weight I use (I don't go over 225lbs) and for some "butt wink" is an issue. But I've never had any knee issues (with the exception of taking a bad fall 3 years ago and tearing my meniscus and almost detaching my MCL, but rehab and surgery fixed it to about 90%) and still squat that way today.

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  • wiigelecwiigelec Member Posts: 481 Member Member Posts: 481 Member
    Lowbar just below parallel, ala Starting Strength.
  • Speakeasy76Speakeasy76 Member Posts: 540 Member Member Posts: 540 Member
    Just below parallel, if I go much lower I get butt wink. My ankle mobility in my right ankle is not that good, and I have knee issues in my right knee as well (probably related to the ankle mobility, I'm sure
  • quiksylver296quiksylver296 Member, Premium Posts: 28,074 Member Member, Premium Posts: 28,074 Member
    Just low enough to get white lights! 💡 💡 💡

    ;)
  • genki90genki90 Member Posts: 94 Member Member Posts: 94 Member
    Due to knee issues (patella alta and chondromalacia) my squats are far from reaching parallel. I sometimes wonder if they're still beneficial that way..🤔
  • dbanks80dbanks80 Member Posts: 3,686 Member Member Posts: 3,686 Member
    We were doing squats this morning. 90 degrees (parallel) or lower.
    edited March 8
  • ninerbuffninerbuff Member, Greeter Posts: 44,881 Member Member, Greeter Posts: 44,881 Member
    Can't wait to get back in the gym again and squat with a real bar and weights.

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  • SnifterPugSnifterPug Member Posts: 604 Member Member Posts: 604 Member
    Parallel or just below
  • ChieflrgChieflrg Member Posts: 8,832 Member Member Posts: 8,832 Member
    I usually train just above competition depth for most of my volume and squat variations and hit singles closer to comp depth as I get closer to competition for specificty.

    I usually steer people/clients away from ATG if they have a deep squat for efficiency and technique to help their goals.

    Butt wink is more of a buzz word and used liberally unfortunately and can nocebo some people into stalling or worse . Nothing to be concerned about in most cases.
  • Grace_spaceshipGrace_spaceship Member Posts: 80 Member Member Posts: 80 Member
    I currently go a little below parallel. I don't have the ankle mobility to get much deeper without my form suffering. I know people say a but wink is not a bad thing, but for me it is important to have the mobility and strength to keep my back in position. I am working on getting lower, hopefully one day I will be able to atg with form!
  • claireychn074claireychn074 Member, Premium Posts: 467 Member Member, Premium Posts: 467 Member
    ATG but I’m an oly lifter so that’s what I need to do. Must admit I struggle now to just go to parallel - it feels really weird. I’m lucky as I have natural flexibility so even though I’ve only been training for 3.5 years I’ve always squatted that way when I’m picking something up from the floor or just sitting on my haunches.
  • ninerbuffninerbuff Member, Greeter Posts: 44,881 Member Member, Greeter Posts: 44,881 Member
    I get to squat today!!!!!!

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  • yirarayirara Member Posts: 6,270 Member Member Posts: 6,270 Member
    If I do Cossack squats my bum is right above the floor. Normal squats: as deep as I can get up from again. which is limited by the relationship between lower and upper leg length. Don't have, nor never had knee problems.
  • Speakeasy76Speakeasy76 Member Posts: 540 Member Member Posts: 540 Member
    Chieflrg wrote: »
    I usually train just above competition depth for most of my volume and squat variations and hit singles closer to comp depth as I get closer to competition for specificty.

    I usually steer people/clients away from ATG if they have a deep squat for efficiency and technique to help their goals.

    Butt wink is more of a buzz word and used liberally unfortunately and can nocebo some people into stalling or worse . Nothing to be concerned about in most cases.

    I've heard/read a lot about butt wink in a possible contributor to back problems. However, I recently watched a squat video from one of my favorite trainers and I noticed she did have a bit of a butt wink. What are your thoughts on someone like me--with arthritic changes in my spine and very little "cushioning" left between my L5 and S1 vertebra--having some butt wink on her squats?
  • ChieflrgChieflrg Member Posts: 8,832 Member Member Posts: 8,832 Member
    Chieflrg wrote: »
    I usually train just above competition depth for most of my volume and squat variations and hit singles closer to comp depth as I get closer to competition for specificty.

    I usually steer people/clients away from ATG if they have a deep squat for efficiency and technique to help their goals.

    Butt wink is more of a buzz word and used liberally unfortunately and can nocebo some people into stalling or worse . Nothing to be concerned about in most cases.


    I've heard/read a lot about butt wink in a possible contributor to back problems. However, I recently watched a squat video from one of my favorite trainers and I noticed she did have a bit of a butt wink. What are your thoughts on someone like me--with arthritic changes in my spine and very little "cushioning" left between my L5 and S1 vertebra--having some butt wink on her squats?

    As I mentioned "butt wink" is more of a buzz word and really nothing to be concerned about other than a efficiency thing I suppose.

    L5-S1 as you probably know is pretty common area of diagnosis for a couple things involving the spine.

    There is ALOT to process for individuals when it comes to these things (e.g., pain, ability, recent trauma, goals, training history, etc...). Something we can't go into to detail over a post in a forum unfortunately.

    I will say that for many individuals I wouldn't be concerned with "butt wink" as much as appropriate training, intensities, exercise selection, and proper load management and how they respond over time.

    Myself as a example I have very little "cushion" and more "play" in my joints due to an progress disease. Strengthening the muscles around the joint makes slows down the effects of the disease.

    Strength training has many benefits and with appropriate stress we can improve quality of life.

  • Speakeasy76Speakeasy76 Member Posts: 540 Member Member Posts: 540 Member
    Chieflrg wrote: »
    Chieflrg wrote: »
    I usually train just above competition depth for most of my volume and squat variations and hit singles closer to comp depth as I get closer to competition for specificty.

    I usually steer people/clients away from ATG if they have a deep squat for efficiency and technique to help their goals.

    Butt wink is more of a buzz word and used liberally unfortunately and can nocebo some people into stalling or worse . Nothing to be concerned about in most cases.


    I've heard/read a lot about butt wink in a possible contributor to back problems. However, I recently watched a squat video from one of my favorite trainers and I noticed she did have a bit of a butt wink. What are your thoughts on someone like me--with arthritic changes in my spine and very little "cushioning" left between my L5 and S1 vertebra--having some butt wink on her squats?

    As I mentioned "butt wink" is more of a buzz word and really nothing to be concerned about other than a efficiency thing I suppose.

    L5-S1 as you probably know is pretty common area of diagnosis for a couple things involving the spine.

    There is ALOT to process for individuals when it comes to these things (e.g., pain, ability, recent trauma, goals, training history, etc...). Something we can't go into to detail over a post in a forum unfortunately.

    I will say that for many individuals I wouldn't be concerned with "butt wink" as much as appropriate training, intensities, exercise selection, and proper load management and how they respond over time.

    Myself as a example I have very little "cushion" and more "play" in my joints due to an progress disease. Strengthening the muscles around the joint makes slows down the effects of the disease.

    Strength training has many benefits and with appropriate stress we can improve quality of life.

    Thanks for your input. I'm a big proponent of strength training and know I'd be worse off if I didn't do so regularly. I also have a lot of muscle imbalance/compensatory issues as well that I'm more aware of and working through (again). I built up my glutes to help with the low back, but I've also realized (yet again) how relatively weak my transverse abdominus is. Since I've been actively trying to work on that, too, I'm noticing a difference with heavy lifts (as well as other issues I have).
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