Drake Van Steed wrote:
Deep squats are bad for your back. When you go low your lower back rounds which puts an enormous amount of pressure on your lumbar spine and discs. If you're unlucky a disc will burst and youllbe in pain the rest of your life. If you're lucky you'll be ok. Is it worth it ? Are your legs really going to grow that much more? Oh yeah, nobody cares either if your legs are 25 inches round or 25.25 inches round. Save your back would be my advice.
I think poorly performed squats are bad for you back. And knees. And hips. And quite frankly anything if you succeed to mess the form up real bad. The best way to refute your claim about deep squats being bad for your back is olympic lifters. They squat crazy deep with massive amounts of weights. Some will have back issues, yes. But it's not like everyone will be sent to early retirement because of blown discs.
Squatting is not bad for you, squatting with bad form is bad for you. I think that if one claims otherwise, one doesn't really understand how to coach people and how to adapt and modify ones programming with different people. Some people shouldn't squat and some people can't squat. Some can't squat deep. Some shouldn't squat deep. But it's not the squats fault. The squat is not dangerous if the exerciser is not making it dangerous.