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2004/01/14 14:23:44 (permalink)

What can i do as a squat alternative

Hi I am using frankies routine. The only problem I have is that I cannot squat to easily due to a week left knee. Everytime I squat down I get stiffness and loud clicks coming from the knee.

I dont seem to get this problem when I am doing Hack Squats on a 45deg sled.

Is it possible to replace front squats with hack squats. How do they compare. Or should I use knee strapping and try front squats that way. I,m never going to be a good squatter due to this problem.

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    RE: What can i do as a squat alternative 2004/01/14 14:53:13 (permalink)
    In truth, there are no real alternatives to the squat... There are a number of other lifts which you might consider comparable (deadlifts, goodmornings) but you are likely to have problems with you knee doing these as well.

    How do you know you'll never be a good squatter? I would think that squats would help strengthen your knee, provided you start on a low enough weight and increase it gradually - Or has your doc/physio told you otherwise?
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    RE: What can i do as a squat alternative 2004/01/14 15:04:41 (permalink)
    No I havnt been told other wise. But I get the feeling that I will never be anygood. I have strong legs as I have cycled for around 20yrs. But i,m even getting problems squatting 60kg. I suffer from mild arthiritus and i get it in my knee and knuckles at times. The stifness and clicking of my left knee is annoying and off putting.

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    RE: What can i do as a squat alternative 2004/01/14 15:39:05 (permalink)
    I'm not sure how far cycling will carry over to powerlifting - I dunno much about cycling, but I suspect the definition of strength used by the two sports will be very different.

    How long have you been squatting?

    Is it muscular strength or the problem with your knee which is the limiting factor when you squat?

    How deep do you squat?

    Are you taking any supplements (glucosamine, cod liver oil, etc.) for your joints?
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    RE: What can i do as a squat alternative 2004/01/14 15:48:42 (permalink)
    When I say cycling I mean mountain cycling not Tour De France style.

    I have been squatting for around 2wks. Before that I used to do Hack Squats and Leg Presses for legs.

    I will start taking some glucosamine again to see if this helps the problem.

    i am trying not to squat down fully as its at this point when i try to get back up when the knee starts playing up. If i squat just above parallel and dont go under i can keep it from cracking.

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    RE: What can i do as a squat alternative 2004/01/14 15:54:18 (permalink)
    Mmmm... My advice would be to keep squatting for the minute on a weight which you find comfortable to squat with and not worry too much about the progress you make. Just keep at it and see if the situation with your knee improves. Glucosamine sounds like a good idea and don't do any of that arse-to-heels nonsense - Aim for parallel or just above.
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