Why do we squat so deep…isn’t it bad for your knees?

We squat deep regularly. In fact, one of our beliefs is to emphasize range of motion before load. This means that if you’re unable to perform a movement through its entire range of motion that we don’t want to see you go up in weight until you can. Strength training is one of the best ways to enhance joint mobility and flexibility….but only if you are moving through the largest range of motion possible. For this reason, we squat deep to ensure you attain or maintain the range of motion that we’re supposed to have in the ankles, knees, and hips…the same range of motion that we’re all born with that allows babies to easily sit down in to a deep squat. Additionally, squatting through the entire range of motion is the only way to maximally develop the glutes (your butt). The glutes are most active only during the deepest range of motion. And because glute strength is so important in posture, running, lifting things up, etc., it’s important that we perform the movement to develop the glutes to the greatest extent possible.

Mike Young

Mike Young

Director of Training
Mike has a BS in Exercise Physiology from Ohio University, an MSS in Coaching Science from Ohio University & a PhD in Biomechanics from LSU. Additionally, he has been recognized as a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength & Conditioning Association, a Level 3 coach by USA Track & Field, a Level 2 coach by USA Weightlifting & a CrossFit Level 1 coach.
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