+1 what Jakey said. Front squats are also impossible without the knees going past the toes, you'd fall over if you didn't. Wrecking your knees with squats has more to do with the lateral strain from not tracking the knees properly with the direction of the toes. i.e. Squeezing your knees together too much out of the bottom.
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The full squat is your ass to the ground this http://gubernatrix.co.uk/2009/09/why...ld-full-squat/
Last edited by cayla29s; 06-28-2012 at 08:30 PM.
Knee position relative to toes is BULLSHIT. 1) Everyone has slightly different length; feet, tibias and femurs. This is not a cue for correct posture on a Low Bar Back Squat. 2) Damned near everything else matters but that.
Correct Cues: Heels of feet shoulder width, toes angled out (about 30 deg.), bar balanced over MIDFOOT (not ankle), knees aligned with feet PUSH OUT, hips below knees, drive hips UP, knees OUT.
MY toes are slightly past MY knees, as most peoples will be. But if you have short legs and wear a size 14 shoe, guess what, your knees won't be in front. So in short it matters not.
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I would go with the ones who say don't worry, as long as your squat form is good. I get comments from trainers and other customers at the gym when I squat - "nooo, don't do that, your knees go past your toes!". However, that's how my brilliant trainer, who is a trainee or Charles Poliquin, taught me to squat. "A** to Grass", full fange, knees in front of toes. Besides, I do have a dogdy knee and it has been doing just fine even with these squats!
Tip #5 Begin Bending at the Knee and Use A Full-Range of Motion
Begin the movement by bending at the knees, which should track in a line close to the border of the first and the second toe. You want to achieve a full-range of motion, which puts emphasis on maximum knee flexion, resulting in the knees traveling past the toes. This technique is perfectly safe for the healthy knee.
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Squats are a knee dominant exercise. They are meant to focus on knee extension, hence quadricep contraction.
As for breathing, you should always be breathing out on the concentric movement. In other words when you are fighting gravity (so on the way back up to standing).