Hey guys, hope all is well. Wanted to quickly talk about the a common misconception people have when it comes to loading the knees during leg training.
I've often been approached by people during my workouts and have been told that 'going that deep is gonna hurt my knees.' Most people's rebuttle (and mine too long ago) was that more range of motion would result in more hypertrophy etc. But is this bodybuilding mentality rebuttle sufficient? Not to me it's not. So I set off on a journey to understand more completely why in fact squatting deep, using the leg press, or the leg extension, will NOT hurt your knees.
Firstly, you gotta do the movement correctly in order to test whether or not you'll hurt those knees during the exercise. Lots of people conclude that a movement is bad for all of humanity's knees because the movement they did hurt their knees. In that case, whatever movement THEY did, hurt THEIR knees (see what I did there).
Next, there is lots of research you can look into on PubMed or Google Scholar that have conducted experiments to see what kind of effects these leg exercise have on knees.
A SIGNIFICANT portion of these study's results suggest that squats and similar types of 'knee loading' exercises actually decrease the pain that a subject feels over a given time.
Don't be afraid to squat, don't be afraid of training hard, but be afraid of bad form.
Real quick to cap this post off. I had a sick leg workout today. If you're looking to switch things up try this workout out: .
👉Barbell Squats Shoulder Width Stance - 4x5
👉Barbell Squats Close Stance 4x8
👉Barbell Cannonball Squats 4x10
👉Hack Squats Close Stance 4x12
👉Leg Extensions - 6x12
Remember to warmup and stretch tho, or you'll hurt those precious knees ;) Also Alphalete makes sick workout gear. One of the only companies that I honestly really support. Check them out if you haven't already.