The truth about bodyweight squats

Discussion in 'Health and Fitness' started by El-Guapo, Mar 27, 2008.

  1. El-Guapo

    El-Guapo MMA'ER

    can anyone tell me the truth about bodyweight squats??
    Some people say that it injures the knees after a while!?
    Matt furey in one of his e-books that I foubd said the following:

    I have heard from other sources that many of the great hindu wrestlers

    develpoed knee problems later in life.Use caution with overdoing these. In a

    recent interview with ken shamrok (maybe frank, not sure) he said 250 was the
    most you should do to get the conditioning benefits, but without knee problems.

    so what do you think?
    any opinions are welcome
    thank you :cool:
  2. Knight_Errant

    Knight_Errant Banned Banned

    OK, from what I've heard the issue isn't with all bodyweight squats, it's with hindu squats specifically. Personally, I only do normal air squats because I believe they are a better exercise, but anyway:
    I've heard the issue that some people have with hindu squats is that the knee goes in front of the toes when you do them, as opposed to regular squats where they are supposed to be kept behind. In theory. In practice, I find it difficult to keep the knee behind the toes when you're doing regular squats all the way down in any case.
    Personally, I haven't heard anything that convinces me that doing bodyweight squats will give you knee problems.
  3. Smitfire

    Smitfire Cactus Schlong

    Everyday millions of people across the world do a full range body weight squat to go to the toilet, to eat food, to prepare food, to tend fires, to make tools and artifacts.
    Their knees are fine.

    However if you are overweight and start into doing full range squats after 30 years of living in the western world, sitting on chairs and rarely taking your knees past 90 degrees of bend then I'd say you might get problems.

    I feel that many of the bad knees in martial arts from the old days were more down to repeated hard kicking in the air (striking arts) and the twisting while under load when throwing (Judo) rather than bunny hops, full range squats etc.

    To each their own I think. Take them steady away, build gradually and I'd say they would make you knees better not worse.
  4. mai tai

    mai tai Valued Member

    if you are having problems keeping the knees behind the toes try doing some kneeing squats.....the gets you used to the way you are supposted to move. cause knee cant get in front of toes (or move forward for that matter)
  5. El-Guapo

    El-Guapo MMA'ER

    :) thanks everyone
    :) any more opinions are more than welcome :)
  6. Lily

    Lily Valued Member

    mai tai, you beat me to it :)

    If you're doing proper Ass-to-Grass squats your knees should not go in front of your toes. If they do, your form is bad and you will develop knee pain.

    I've personally not heard anything about BW squats causing knee pains, again, form is important and consider the other activities/exercises you are doing that could also be causing knee pain.
  7. adouglasmhor

    adouglasmhor Not an Objectivist

    And bare feet or flat shoes or even negative heel shoes will help you get that proper form to start with.
  8. flaming

    flaming Valued Member

    Since ive started trying to do single leg squats my knee and back pain has gone. I try to keep neutral spine though.
  9. nready

    nready Verifying DMI pool....

    I had not thought about the half squat good idea.

    I do have a bad knee it was hurt as in reversed. I do full rang squats mainly because it helps the knee, not have so much pain by keeping the muscle strong.
  10. Knight_Errant

    Knight_Errant Banned Banned

    Ah right, cheers.
  11. Fish Of Doom

    Fish Of Doom Will : Mind : Motion Supporter

    ok, so how do you manage not to fall on your ass on an ATG squat?
  12. Knight_Errant

    Knight_Errant Banned Banned

    well, if you're having difficulty you can practice by doing ATG squats holding onto the back of a chair, then gradually wean yourself off.
  13. Fish Of Doom

    Fish Of Doom Will : Mind : Motion Supporter

    cool, thanks, but my problem is more like i CAN do the squats, but my range of motion does not allow me to maintain good balance while doing them properly(I.E, my shins end up vertical and i fall on my ass). is that normal or should i work on my ankle flexibility?
  14. Knight_Errant

    Knight_Errant Banned Banned

    I dunno. I think it's normal- just to clarify, we're talking about trying to squat 'back' rather than 'down' at the bottom of the motion?
  15. Fish Of Doom

    Fish Of Doom Will : Mind : Motion Supporter

    what do you mean?
  16. Knight_Errant

    Knight_Errant Banned Banned

    I mean, are you trying to hold your shins vertically, or..?
  17. Knight_Errant

    Knight_Errant Banned Banned

    Anyway, if you're doing what I think you're doing, The trick is to squat as low as you can and hold the position for a length of time to build up the muscles used in that position, and then over time squat lower and lower.
  18. Fish Of Doom

    Fish Of Doom Will : Mind : Motion Supporter

    nonono, not at all, i try to squat down, but i can't seem to bring my knees forward, and i fall backwards, even if i manage to do the full squat; as soon as i stop lowering my self i fall on my ass.
  19. Knight_Errant

    Knight_Errant Banned Banned

    Hmmmm. Probably a flexibility thing. Somebody more knowledgable than me will be along in a minute.
  20. Garrett

    Garrett Valued Member

    The site below is a great resource for exercise physiology.
    I've linked to an article about squats. Although they are referring to weight squats, the same would apply to bodyweight squats.

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