05-14-2003, 07:51 AM #1Junior Member
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full squats BELOW PARRALEL and HEAVY.... thoughts... ????
i always thought it was unsafe to go below parallel but i just read an article in some magazine... sorry i forget which one... that supported squatting as low as possible to a full squat...heels still on the ground of course
05-14-2003, 08:56 AM #2
Yeah breaking parallel will increase your strength, or at least did for me in college. Of course I now have knee problems which I believe is from doing just that. I do know many that have done it and not have knee problems so....not sure on whether to advise doing them or not. I wouldn't go too heavy causing a tremendous strain on your knees. I'll bump ya though.
05-14-2003, 09:45 AM #3
I don't think there is a large difference between going to parallel or all the way down as far a size gains go, a consideration for possible risk and possible gain is needed, personnally if and when I squat I go low but controlled and no bouncing off the calfs.
05-15-2003, 11:10 AM #4
I think just below parallel is fine. Just make sure you come down slow and squeez and flex when you come back up.
05-16-2003, 04:45 PM #5
My back started to kill me when i went below parallel for a few weeks. I also can't do nearly as much weight as if i stay at parallel. And personally, the explosiveness above parallel is more important to me.
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