She said you should NEVER squat below parallel? What? Do these people still exist? Did she say squats are bad for your knees? I know some people shouldn't squat low due to pain or other condition, but for real most of people just can't. Due to mobility, weakness and tightness. Parallel is good, lower than that could be even better. I squat to parallel or a bit lower. I don't prefer the ass to grass style, but it's not like you should never do that.
The other stuff is just absurd. I have this feeling the physiotherapist has never squatted herself. Only then she would notice that keeping shins perpendicular is sheer madness and impossible. First off, it's nuts. Secondly, it works against the anatomy and movement of the human body. Third, it's bloody hard. Maybe when on a wall or smith that would work okay, since you don't need stabilization or any balance what so ever.
It just boggles me, I can't find any reason why shins should be purely straight up. The center of gravity is all wrong, if you try to keep your ankle angle at 90 degrees, it forces you to compensate by moving your body back. That causes alteration on stability and the center of gravity shifts backwards so much you have to tilt your upper body forward. Maybe for RDL or Good Mornings this could be near the truth, but not on squats.
(EDITED) Knees should not go over the tip of your toes, but they will go over your ankles, obviously. Many coaches say that knees shouldn't move much from over the toes
, and hip does most of the flexion. It's easier on the knees, and you learn to squat back and then down, not just back or not just down. And use your hips plus increase the mobility of your hip.
I wouldn't follow this advice by a long shot unless there is proper evidence for these claims. Rather film your squat and post it here or compare it to something like EliteFTS's So you think you can squat videos.SEE HERE:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkF9QD7oCIA
It's the best squat teaching video to date. It's about the box squat, but same rules apply on normal back squats.
Simple cues on squat:
- Arch your back
- Squeeze the bar, keep elbows as front as possible to bring the chest up and keep the upper body in balance.
- Tighten your upper back and adduct scapulas when racking the bar.
- Keep you whole body and core tight for the whole movement.
- Sit back, the move starts from the hips. Then sit more downwards.
- Push knees out, don't let them cave in.