Friday September 26, 2008

By September 25, 2008CFMC Blog Archives

“Anyone who says that full squats are ‘bad for the knees’ has, with that statement, demonstrated conclusively that they are not entitled to an opinion about the matter.” -Mark Rippetoe

There is a common misconception among personal trainers, physical therapists, orthopedic surgeons, athletic trainers, and the public in general that performing a full deep squat (where the hips drop below the knees so that the thigh is below parallel) is dangerous to knee health and should be avoided like CrossFitters avoid elliptical machines. On the contrary, if you have you bad knees then squatting deep (with your weight on your heels and your back arched) is amazingly rehabilitative. I suffered from bad knees for years, limping for weeks after a 1/2 mile run or 20 minutes in a volleyball game – and then I learned how to squat correctly and deeply. Blammo – knee problems resolved. It may sound counter-intuitive, and it may go against everything your medical professional is telling you, but hey – you’ve had bad knees this long and NOT squatting deep certainly isn’t helping them any.

Today’s WOD:

With a continuously running clock do one pull-up the first minute, two pull-ups the second minute, three pull-ups the third minute… continuing as long as you are able.

Use as many sets each minute as needed.

Post number of minutes completed to comments.