The squat is an extremely popular exercise, and for good reason. It’s great for building strength, size, power, and it can even help increase sport performance. A parallel squat, where the femur is parallel with the floor, is largely considered adequate depth for achieving these outcomes. However, I get irrationally upset when someone says to squat to 90 degrees when they’re referring to a parallel squat, and I’m hoping the pictures below will demonstrate this.

In the picture below, you’ll see that the line that represents the femur is indeed parallel with the floor, and that there is in fact…

Sean Butler

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