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The Truth About Knee Bend Below 90 Degrees

This is Part 2 of a 3-part series. Part 1 is The Truth About Knees Over Toes. Part 3 is The Truth About Jumping in Relation to Knees Over Toes & Knee Bend Below 90 Degrees.

In addition to being told not to let my knees go over my toes, I was also told by doctors that I should not bend my knees below 90 degrees.

That was an opinion.

That was not TRUTH.

We do have 2 truths on this topic:

  1. Children naturally squat below 90 degrees.
  2. People in parts of the world without chairs naturally squat below 90 degrees.

To quote Dr. Bahram Jam, a physical therapist and founder of the Advanced Physical Therapy Education Institute:

“Every joint in our body has synovial fluid in it. This is the oil in our body that provides nutrition to the cartilage. Two things are required to produce that fluid: movement and compression. So if a joint doesn’t go through its full range - if the hips and knees never go past 90 degrees - the body says ‘I’m not being used,’ and starts to degenerate and stops the production of synovial fluid.”


That’s opinion. Only points 1 and 2 above are truth.

I solved my own knee troubles by applying the TRUTH about knees over toes and the TRUTH about knee bend below 90 degrees. This has now produced 2,285 knee success stories for others, including people in their 80s and 90s.


Only points 1 and 2 above are truth.

And before I move on, it’s important to know that doing deep squats is NOT always the answer. After knee injuries, imbalances between knees can make squats too difficult.

The type of squat below 90 degrees which I have popularized for the world, and which I was personally trained in by the late, great Charles Poliquin (who trained the most Olympic medalists in history!) is the ATG (ass to grass) Split Squat:

I had to start more regressed in every way than the elite athletes Charles coached. Now it feels like butter with more strength and range than I ever dreamed my genetics could have:

Yours in Truth,


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