’twas just thinking.
What if all the fitness professionals telling you to avoid squatting in the “knees over toes” position were totally wrong?
Imagine this: the very people who have you wear belts and wraps to squat with weights, somehow have it all figured out when it comes to ANY type of squat.
I do a variety of squats with my knees over my toes. Not just Hindu squats, either.
I sit in a squat for minutes at a time with my knees over my toes.
I also do jump squats with my knees over my toes and my heels off the ground.
And guess what? My knees keep getting stronger – and healthier.
Yesterday I put up a short video on Instagram – @mattfureysays – where you can see me doing a double-leg sweep (part of my tai chi practice) – and wouldn’t you know it, my damn knees are about a mile over my toes. In fact, you cannot do this movement UNLESS your knees go over your toes.
Yes, there are people who have “tai chi knee.” I ain’t one of them. And the reason is because I have a daily regimen wherein I train the tendons of my lower body.
Hindu squats, as I teach in Combat Conditioning, are excellent for engaging the tendons. But if you cannot currently do them because of knee pain, there are other exercises you can begin with, and these may lead to you having the best knees of your life.
I’m going to shoot some videos today and put them up in the Matt Furey Inner Circle by early next week. You’re going to be blown away by what you see.
Kick Ass – Take Names,
P.S. Keep in mind I am not advising you to do heavy and/or deep barbell squats with your knees over your toes. I am specifically writing about exercises with your own bodyweight. Mastering your own bodyweight is a lifelong journey. There is always something you cannot do yet, making this type of training a continuous challenge.