I know, I’ve heard it before too. The notion that deep squats cause too much stress on the knees and that you shouldn’t bend your knees more than 90 degrees.
It’s well-intended advice, and might even help, but is there more to the story? Are deep squats and lunges really bad, or are they only bad in certain circumstances? More importantly, why is bending the knees so bad? Is it because of how our body is designed or are there deeper and more problematic issues at play?
In this week’s podcast I discuss some of the real issues behind knee pain and why most of the advice that tries to keep you safe may be making the problem worse.