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    I can front squat without knee pain, but not back squat.


    I can do front squat completely fine, but when I do back squats I always have knee pain. I am doing box squats and boxed front squats.

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    Get a vid. Willing to bet you're leaning pretty far forward on the back squat but there's not much most can do other than offer conjecture.
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    Quote Originally Posted by superbeast668 View Post
    Get a vid. Willing to bet you're leaning pretty far forward on the back squat but there's not much most can do other than offer conjecture.
    I'll try and take a video now and upload it, keep in mind I have a very crappy camera.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DerickVonD View Post
    I'll try and take a video now and upload it, keep in mind I have a very crappy camera.
    You weren't kidding... Very difficult to see shin position... I'm gonna bow out. What I mentioned previously is the biggest culprit I know for knee pain. Even on a hack if I put my feet low and my knees get past my toes I do get a bit of pain. Here's a question, does it hurt on a smith machine?
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    Quote Originally Posted by superbeast668 View Post
    You weren't kidding... Very difficult to see shin position... I'm gonna bow out. What I mentioned previously is the biggest culprit I know for knee pain. Even on a hack if I put my feet low and my knees get past my toes I do get a bit of pain. Here's a question, does it hurt on a smith machine?
    I workout at home, so I don't have access to a smith machine. I can try another video at a lower angle maybe.
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    Nevermind. There is no way I can record it by myself.
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    Well, we can't see your knees!!

    What I did notice is:

    Your unrack sucks. You "good morning" it out of the rack. Get your hips underneath you, hamstring tight, feet torqued in, and squat it up to unrack it.

    Now, once you walk it out, you don't even acquire any bracing before you initiate the squat. The second you get your last foot walked out, you continue into the squat. I'm not saying to take your sweet time and and waste energy, but walk it out, set your feet, squeeze your glutes and brace your core to maintain a braced neutral spine. Then break at the hips, sit down and back, while either "spreading the floor" with your feet, or "screwing your feet into the ground. That will allow your to gain some tension, your hips open up, and your knees move outwards, in return-giving you a more perpendicular shin angle (which may be the culprit to your knee issues)

    Then when you lock out you're squat, fully lock it out, just don't stand up and go directly into the rack. Squeeze your glutes and finish it off. Your lower back will feel better.

    Also, tight muscles can contribute to knee pain as well. You should get a video of your front squat, too, so we can see what the differences are.

    What kind of shoes do you wear? Why the box?

    And if front squatting doesn't hurt, and you're not worried about a competition squat, then just continue front squatting if you can resolve the knee issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean1332 View Post
    Well, we can't see your knees!!

    What I did notice is:

    Your unrack sucks. You "good morning" it out of the rack. Get your hips underneath you, hamstring tight, feet torqued in, and squat it up to unrack it.

    Now, once you walk it out, you don't even acquire any bracing before you initiate the squat. The second you get your last foot walked out, you continue into the squat. I'm not saying to take your sweet time and and waste energy, but walk it out, set your feet, squeeze your glutes and brace your core to maintain a braced neutral spine. Then break at the hips, sit down and back, while either "spreading the floor" with your feet, or "screwing your feet into the ground. That will allow your to gain some tension, your hips open up, and your knees move outwards, in return-giving you a more perpendicular shin angle (which may be the culprit to your knee issues)

    Then when you lock out you're squat, fully lock it out, just don't stand up and go directly into the rack. Squeeze your glutes and finish it off. Your lower back will feel better.

    Also, tight muscles can contribute to knee pain as well. You should get a video of your front squat, too, so we can see what the differences are.

    What kind of shoes do you wear? Why the box?

    And if front squatting doesn't hurt, and you're not worried about a competition squat, then just continue front squatting if you can resolve the knee issue.
    Yeah, I know. I tried to record my knees, but I can't get the angle right and right now no one else is here to help me. I'll upload a video later tonight of my front squat. The reason I started box squatting, is because when the weight gets heavier I have the habit of not squatting low enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean1332 View Post
    Well, we can't see your knees!! What I did notice is: Your unrack sucks. You "good morning" it out of the rack. Get your hips underneath you, hamstring tight, feet torqued in, and squat it up to unrack it. Now, once you walk it out, you don't even acquire any bracing before you initiate the squat. The second you get your last foot walked out, you continue into the squat. I'm not saying to take your sweet time and and waste energy, but walk it out, set your feet, squeeze your glutes and brace your core to maintain a braced neutral spine. Then break at the hips, sit down and back, while either "spreading the floor" with your feet, or "screwing your feet into the ground. That will allow your to gain some tension, your hips open up, and your knees move outwards, in return-giving you a more perpendicular shin angle (which may be the culprit to your knee issues) Then when you lock out you're squat, fully lock it out, just don't stand up and go directly into the rack. Squeeze your glutes and finish it off. Your lower back will feel better. Also, tight muscles can contribute to knee pain as well. You should get a video of your front squat, too, so we can see what the differences are. What kind of shoes do you wear? Why the box? And if front squatting doesn't hurt, and you're not worried about a competition squat, then just continue front squatting if you can resolve the knee issue.
    I was hoping one of you power guys would jump in. Squat isn't one of my best lifts to explain. Need bench advice I got it but not squat. Glad to see you validate my shin angle theory though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by superbeast668 View Post
    I was hoping one of you power guys would jump in. Squat isn't one of my best lifts to explain. Need bench advice I got it but not squat. Glad to see you validate my shin angle theory though.
    Shin angle is shoes are big. And everyone squats differently too, so it's ultimately up to the person to find what's "right"
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    Quote Originally Posted by DerickVonD View Post
    Yeah, I know. I tried to record my knees, but I can't get the angle right and right now no one else is here to help me. I'll upload a video later tonight of my front squat. The reason I started box squatting, is because when the weight gets heavier I have the habit of not squatting low enough.
    Well, if it's too heavy in the hole at proper depth, sucks to say this, but the load may be too heavy then, considering that's the weakest part of the lift for a raw squatter.

    And sounds good dude.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean1332 View Post
    Well, if it's too heavy in the hole at proper depth, sucks to say this, but the load may be too heavy then, considering that's the weakest part of the lift for a raw squatter.

    And sounds good dude.
    Yeah I know, I lighted the weight as well, but without a guide even starting at light weight I seem to always want to do partial squats. I mean I like box squatting, so I'd like to continue to do them. Also maybe I should state, that I am flat footed and I don't wear any shoes while squatting.
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    Try pushing your knees out, many people let knees cave in while rising. Keep your knees in line with your toes. Meaning if your toes are facing slightly out push your knees out also. Helped my knee pain a ton. Also fish oil and glucosamine with msm. Upped my doses
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean1332 View Post
    Well, we can't see your knees!!

    What I did notice is:

    Your unrack sucks. You "good morning" it out of the rack. Get your hips underneath you, hamstring tight, feet torqued in, and squat it up to unrack it.

    Now, once you walk it out, you don't even acquire any bracing before you initiate the squat. The second you get your last foot walked out, you continue into the squat. I'm not saying to take your sweet time and and waste energy, but walk it out, set your feet, squeeze your glutes and brace your core to maintain a braced neutral spine. Then break at the hips, sit down and back, while either "spreading the floor" with your feet, or "screwing your feet into the ground. That will allow your to gain some tension, your hips open up, and your knees move outwards, in return-giving you a more perpendicular shin angle (which may be the culprit to your knee issues)

    Then when you lock out you're squat, fully lock it out, just don't stand up and go directly into the rack. Squeeze your glutes and finish it off. Your lower back will feel better.

    Also, tight muscles can contribute to knee pain as well. You should get a video of your front squat, too, so we can see what the differences are.

    What kind of shoes do you wear? Why the box?

    And if front squatting doesn't hurt, and you're not worried about a competition squat, then just continue front squatting if you can resolve the knee issue.
    Sean's good post as usual^.

    Agree too, with almost rushing onto the box.
    IMO, keep your form and speed to box the same no matter if it is just the bar, or max weight. Slow deliberate descending down to the box (no flopping onto it) and keep an arch, (up right, chest up, putting your balls on the box helps cement that arch in too. I don't rock "back" either. Then take that same form and just do it as a free squat. If a box squat does not hurt your knees, then the back squat should not either, IMO!?

    Depending on your shoes and heels (that can make a dif on knee angles) and you need to get a good vid of the shins feet etc. to see where the shins track. They need to stay over the feet and not torque in or out.

    I think this guy has been said to be pretty good at them, and I guess most importantly, his back squat looks almost exactly like this without the box...

    Box Squats - YouTube

    Ignore the loads being used here, (as learning to squat is not about how much but how well and efficient you do it and he is also using a suit) but just watch as he has pretty much the same form (as if he were going to a box) but is doing a free squat...

    jo jordan squat training - YouTube
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    to record your legs, put the camera on the ground please
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    Took some still shots from the video using the plates as reference from start to "*******."



    Quote Originally Posted by Sean1332 View Post
    "spreading the floor" with your feet, or "screwing your feet into the ground. That will allow your to gain some tension, your hips open up, and your knees move outwards
    I find that my knee pain is least when my feet are parallel to eachother (straight) and my knees push outward like they're tied together and I'm trying to pop the string. Foot position is, of course, very individual - I recommend experimenting. Do you use a different position in the bs than the fs? Also make sure you are 100% on your heels. Moving your weight forward (which, from the vid, looks like what's up) will put you up on the ball of your foot, causing knee pain.
    Quote Originally Posted by Sean1332 View Post
    Then when you lock out you're squat, fully lock it out, just don't stand up and go directly into the rack. Squeeze your glutes and finish it off. .
    This... you lean forward at the end of your squat. Hang out and enjoy the ******* a hot second, haha.
    Quote Originally Posted by Sean1332 View Post
    And if front squatting doesn't hurt, and you're not worried about a competition squat, then just continue front squatting if you can resolve the knee issue.
    Front squats are pretty awesome by themselves. While back squats are great, if they're causing injury, you're not going to get far.
    Quote Originally Posted by DerickVonD View Post
    The reason I started box squatting, is because when the weight gets heavier I have the habit of not squatting low enough.
    In that case, quit taking a nap on the box. Just barely grace it with your presence and leave. Lean back, give the box a butt-tap, and go. If the box is merely a reference point, there's no need to take a vacation on it. You're letting out all of your tension, which you need to get back out of the hole properly.
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    http://s37.photobucket.com/user/Brai...acb71.mp4.html
    http://s37.photobucket.com/user/Brai...b7781.mp4.html
    I'll try and take videos of my shin position. Yes I put the camera on the ground, but it winds up being up too high, or too low. All I have is a 10 year old point and click camera to work with. No smart phone and no video camera. I'm not sure if I can even get shoes to train in. I wear an 11 1/2 4E and I am extremely flat footed(zero arch). It's impossible to find shoes with no support in them at that size. I'll have to learn to squat bare foot.
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    Here's a video of a fella using a phone app to check his squat form. Note the difference between his bar path and yours.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2dXxyN8OEo
    Here's another: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXiBLh83Q7o
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    The one thing I would ask, unless I missed it, what kind of knee pain do you experience? Is it front of knee (patellar tendon) or internal (meniscus, perhaps or one of the internal ligaments)? One knee or both knees? I've had patellar tendonitis in both knees since college from constant jump training, and in order for me to be able to perform squats w/o knee pain I have to thoroughly warm up, but I also need to start with light weight and a narrow stance, then I can start working to a wider stance with heavier weights. I also focus on a very slow descent before I drive up. These 3 strategies have allowed me to sqaut with virtually no knee pain. If I don't follow them then my knees ache during and for days after.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mountainman33 View Post
    The one thing I would ask, unless I missed it, what kind of knee pain do you experience? Is it front of knee (patellar tendon) or internal (meniscus, perhaps or one of the internal ligaments)? One knee or both knees? I've had patellar tendonitis in both knees since college from constant jump training, and in order for me to be able to perform squats w/o knee pain I have to thoroughly warm up, but I also need to start with light weight and a narrow stance, then I can start working to a wider stance with heavier weights. I also focus on a very slow descent before I drive up. These 3 strategies have allowed me to sqaut with virtually no knee pain. If I don't follow them then my knees ache during and for days after.
    Both knees, but only one knee at a time will hurt. Inside of the knee and in front, but usually not on the outside of the knee.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KrisL View Post
    Here's a video of a fella using a phone app to check his squat form. Note the difference between his bar path and yours.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2dXxyN8OEo
    Here's another: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXiBLh83Q7o
    Hmm, maybe I am focusing on going back to the seat rather than straight down. I think that may be the problem, or atleast part of the problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DerickVonD View Post
    Both knees, but only one knee at a time will hurt. Inside of the knee and in front, but usually not on the outside of the knee.
    Do you have any previous injuries? How long has this been an issue?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mountainman33 View Post
    Do you have any previous injuries? How long has this been an issue?
    On and off. I injured my right knee twice to the point where it swelled.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DerickVonD View Post
    On and off. I injured my right knee twice to the point where it swelled.
    What kind of injury. Details man....
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    Quote Originally Posted by mountainman33 View Post
    What kind of injury. Details man....
    Impact. I hit my knee pretty hard while biking and the second time I hit the same knee doing stretches. Then in 2011 I felt something pull in the same knee and to this day if I lay on my back sometimes my knee will get real stiff. I talked to two different doctors and they kept saying inflammation. It might be time to get an MRI. Like I said though no pain when front squatting and on the back squat I still get pain in the other knee as well, so I still think it's a form issue. In fact my left knee(the one that I didn't injury in the past) has been hurting more than the right knee when I squat.
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    New video. I decided to not use the squat box seat and focus on squatting down in a straight line, rather than back to the seat. http://s37.photobucket.com/user/Brai...d724d.mp4.html
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    That was a great angle and to me I see the issue.

    Your feet are to far externally rotated. This causes excessive pronation of the foot, therefore rotating the lower leg internally and collapsing the structure all the way up the hips. This forces one to squat on top of their legs instead of between them.

    Point your feet more forward and push your knees out. This external rotation will force more supination of the foot and allow easier movement of the knees outward and allow you to squat between the legs and allow it to be more of a hip dominant movement instead of a knee dominant movement
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    Something to remember too is, (for anyone really) if one is going to post form vids, I agree with the schools, that it is probably best to use the working weight/loads you will be using after your W/U's, since the form you most likely want critiqued is going to be the heavier work form that needs to be done and kept on your "working sets" and not just a light warm up or empty bar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulBlack View Post
    Something to remember too is, (for anyone really) if one is going to post form vids, I agree with the schools, that it is probably best to use the working weight/loads you will be using after your W/U's, since the form you most likely want critiqued is going to be the heavier work form that needs to be done and kept on your "working sets" and not just a light warm up or empty bar.
    Just sayin'
    Well yesterday I was really sore from squatting already, that's why I only used and empty bar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DerickVonD View Post
    Well yesterday I was really sore from squatting already, that's why I only used and empty bar.
    Not a problem guy and I feel your DOMS. I was speaking generally and to the masses actually, since some people will post vids and ask to have their form looked at but then the form they post and the form they use on work sets, might be different. And you want the form on the work sets or regular heavy stuff, to be looked at and where you may need tweaking, so as to not get banged up or have to fix a bad habit later on.
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    Latest form. http://s37.photobucket.com/user/Brai...5c8ca.mp4.html My foot position looks the same, however that is the only comfortable position for my feet. My feet are angled at the angle when I walk. I really think the box squatting messed up my form, since I was going back instead of straight down. Also the pain was only when coming back up, never when squatting down.
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    OMG that looks painful! point those feet forward and push your knees out.

    check out this link and watch a bunch of the vids: http://www.mobilitywod.com/?s=squat+knees+out

    also look at these: http://www.mobilitywod.com/?s=landing%20a%20jump

    if that is the way you walk things are way out of whack. that website should be your bible for a while to fix it.
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    Yeah, I don't want to overdo the info either, but it looks like a few form glitches, that by learning and doing a few things to get a feel for "dropping your torso between the legs" will help, as it appears you are folding like a Z. Which, I used to do that myself. It just takes some practice and a bit of flexibility.
    Things that may give you an idea towards better or standard form, might be goblet squats and or squatting up against a wall. There are quite a few vids, some great, some not so great.
    I know Dan John wrote a few articles on squat form and using the act of holding a goblet below your chin, to get used to dropping your torso between the legs.
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    Here's a photo of a guy in the bottom of a good front squat next to you in your bottom position.



    You need to adjust youself so you can get into the full squat position - even without a bar. Until you do so, you will have no idea what foot position is actually comfortable. It's a natural position you should be able to maintain for a long time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulBlack View Post
    Yeah, I don't want to overdo the info either, but it looks like a few form glitches, that by learning and doing a few things to get a feel for "dropping your torso between the legs" will help, as it appears you are folding like a Z. Which, I used to do that myself. It just takes some practice and a bit of flexibility.
    Things that may give you an idea towards better or standard form, might be goblet squats and or squatting up against a wall. There are quite a few vids, some great, some not so great.
    I know Dan John wrote a few articles on squat form and using the act of holding a goblet below your chin, to get used to dropping your torso between the legs.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjbPo-EX_5o
    dan john and how to squat. well, how to do a lot of things but that vid is still awesome. its how i learned to finally squat properly. well at least start to, lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulBlack View Post
    Yeah, I don't want to overdo the info either, but it looks like a few form glitches, that by learning and doing a few things to get a feel for "dropping your torso between the legs" will help, as it appears you are folding like a Z. Which, I used to do that myself. It just takes some practice and a bit of flexibility.
    Things that may give you an idea towards better or standard form, might be goblet squats and or squatting up against a wall. There are quite a few vids, some great, some not so great.
    I know Dan John wrote a few articles on squat form and using the act of holding a goblet below your chin, to get used to dropping your torso between the legs.
    That's my recommendation as well; goblet squats. The OP needs to learn how to squat to a proper depth, which means, knees out and ass on the floor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by asooneyeonig View Post
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjbPo-EX_5o
    dan john and how to squat. well, how to do a lot of things but that vid is still awesome. its how i learned to finally squat properly. well at least start to, lol.
    Yep, that was the one I was looking for and referring to in fact.
    Thanks guy
  

  
 

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