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    Convince me to keep squatting

    I was an athlete when I was younger, I've worked out my whole life and I spent quite a few years power lifting. So squatting has always been a major part of my training routine.

    I've had some injuries along the way including a broken hip playing football, a bad knee and back from a military accident as well as several tears, sprains and a torn labrum. Despite this I have always continued to push hard and lift heavy.

    As I'm hitting my mid 40s I do feel like it is catching up with me. I have great form after years of squatting but I get concerning aches and pains beyond typical muscle fatigue and I'm starting to question the risk vs reward of squatting given my age and medical history.

    Surely at some point in life throwing hundreds of pounds across your shoulders and going ass to grass doesn't have the benefit it once did and may longer be worth the risk. Maybe I'm at that point.

    I'd like to hear from those in similar situations and whether or not you continue to squat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElevenBravo77 View Post
    I was an athlete when I was younger, I've worked out my whole life and I spent quite a few years power lifting. So squatting has always been a major part of my training routine.

    I've had some injuries along the way including a broken hip playing football, a bad knee and back from a military accident as well as several tears, sprains and a torn labrum. Despite this I have always continued to push hard and lift heavy.

    As I'm hitting my mid 40s I do feel like it is catching up with me. I have great form after years of squatting but I get concerning aches and pains beyond typical muscle fatigue and I'm starting to question the risk vs reward of squatting given my age and medical history.

    Surely at some point in life throwing hundreds of pounds across your shoulders and going ass to grass doesn't have the benefit it once did and may longer be worth the risk. Maybe I'm at that point.

    I'd like to hear from those in similar situations and whether or not you continue to squat.
    If you need convincing then you probably shouldnít be. I personally as a Pro Bodybuilder donít ever back squat. Many better options for quad growth like pendulum squats and hack squats since I have limited mobility in my hips and ankles which shifts the focus off my quads and recruits more glutes and lower back for me. Itís hard on my lower back and being taller at 6í3 makes it even harder to go hamstrings to calves to have the most knee flexion and full rom for my quads. If you are power lifter then I can see why itís harder to move away but if you arenít competing anymore whatís the point! Longevity and health should be more important than ego lifting.

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    I'm 6'3, 57 (so a LOT more than 40) and I squat. But it's the Hatfield variation with a safety squat bar. 1x every 3 weeks

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    i pounded my body throughout my 20's and 30's the same way. ended up with a torn rotator cuff and atleast 3 herniated discs

    steroid use makes the problem worse.

    lack of mobility and flexibility makes the problem worse

    the more you weight train and use steroids the worse both of those things yet and the more likely you are to get injuries, and if you train heavy like we all love to do injuries are going to happen. if i knew then what i knew now i would have been more patient

    my advice now is treat the weight room more carefulluy, don't lift heavy, don't lift if it hurts. spend the next year improving your mobility and flexibility. yoga, yoga, and more yoga. pilates too.

    with squats you don't need them to build strong legs. but try just lifting the bar and see what you feel. if it feels okay then add weight. if it doesn't then leave the squat rack

    lunges are a good alternative and work very well.

    i was very sad when my doctor/PT said "you will never lift heavy again". but by then i was so sick of the numb fingers, the inflammation going down my arm, the tight neck etc that was i willing to accept it and move on. you don't need to throw around weights like a gorilla to get a nice body
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    You don't have to go as heavy or as deep as when you were trying to get as big and strong as possible. But ya gotta squat.
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    I gave them up a few years ago at 39 for the most part. Once a week I will do a few sets of 15-20 with 135. I do this because for some reason it makes my lower back hurt less. Its almost like a stretching routine. I use hack squats as my big quad movement. I don't lift heavy at all anymore. I'm not near as big as I used to be but at 5'10" and a lean 180 I still look better than 99% of men my age and put a lot less stress on my body.

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    Box squats. With a hurt. Hip and the injuries you sustained over the years they might be the best thing for you start 3-4 inches above parallel and work your way down to parallel if you can great! If not find a depth at which you can hit without pain if you can well you can still squat. Box squats are less sheer force on your knees and you you can recover better, donít just plop on the box control yourself not a touch and go either. If you have use of a safety squat bar I highly recommend the yoke bar from elite fts itís by far the best one on the market, iv owned one for 7 years no wear and I use it a lot for lunges, distance walking with a load, good mornings of all types, but if your not picky any SSB will do. Good luck you machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElevenBravo77 View Post
    I was an athlete when I was younger, I've worked out my whole life and I spent quite a few years power lifting. So squatting has always been a major part of my training routine.

    I've had some injuries along the way including a broken hip playing football, a bad knee and back from a military accident as well as several tears, sprains and a torn labrum. Despite this I have always continued to push hard and lift heavy.

    As I'm hitting my mid 40s I do feel like it is catching up with me. I have great form after years of squatting but I get concerning aches and pains beyond typical muscle fatigue and I'm starting to question the risk vs reward of squatting given my age and medical history.

    Surely at some point in life throwing hundreds of pounds across your shoulders and going ass to grass doesn't have the benefit it once did and may longer be worth the risk. Maybe I'm at that point.

    I'd like to hear from those in similar situations and whether or not you continue to squat.
    Gotta be honest if you need convincing maybe don't squat.

    I stopped squatting under the bar because I had neck injuries.

    These days I do ALL leg work on machines with curls hacksquats etc all machines and controlled, can't do squats anymore.

    If you have injuries or accidents better not squat IMO.

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    try doing light weight and see if you feel anything going on
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    bro i broke my back and kept squatting anyway, peoples need to man up and stop being puzzy

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