Great conversation! I have a question that fits into the guru-squat-37-years-training axis. I’m 45, primary sport is BJJ, but still squat heavy (495lbs, 4×5) once a week, because I found that when I stopped, my back started to hurt from sitting at the computer 10 hours a day.
I recently took a seminar with a well-respected BJJ/mobility “guru” who insisted I’d be a cripple by 55 if I kept up the squats, and became almost hostile when I told him that they helped my back. I’ve been a fan of 8weeksout since almost the beginning, but haven’t seen many articles for the aging athlete. Do you think there’s any wisdom in the suggestion that older athletes shouldn’t squat? Thank you!
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