How deep should I squat??
That’s a question I hear asked a lot, and it’s one with quite a simple answer. You should squat so your hips are at least parallel to your knees at the bottom of each rep.
First of all, I’m gonna go through some of the reasons why you should be using as much range of motion as possible 💪🏻
- First of all, the deeper into the squat you go, the more muscle mass you use. If you want your quads and glutes to grow, then making sure you hit a depth where your hips are parallel with your knees is ideal. The lower you go, the greater the quads need to work in order to help extend the knee back in the concentric portion of the rep👍🏻
-Secondly, the half reps that some people do are actually harsher on the knees and carry a greater risk of injury. They put excessive stress on the knee joints and just increase your chances of hurting yourself with simultaneously reducing the gains you make with the exercise👀
Now for those people who struggle to hit depth in their barbell squat, I would recommend reducing the weight on the bar to practice with good form, and also find stretches to focus on your ankle and hip mobility. These are the two most common areas that cause squat depth issues👍🏻