Serious conundrum for me: been doing crossfit for a few months. I have done the classic barbell movements for about three years now - squatting, DL, press and bench at least once a week. I was the form nazi amongst my buddies and had good gains in all lifts with no pain. I had a decently wide squat stance with my feet turned slightly outwards.
I bet people will probably respond to my ultimate question by suggesting that I was probably squatting with poor form and just didn’t know it, but it was actually very squared away for a novice lifter who was setting 275. To preemptively counter this, consider that when I started front squatting regularly a year ago, it was immediately very easy for me to break parallel with an upright torso with 185 on my shoulders, due to my form commitments with my back squat.
. Fast forward to about three weeks ago, when I consulted a large amount of Kelly starrett and Carl paoli’s expert advice on proper squat and pistol mechanics (knees drive out, feet essentially straight ahead,knee and hip angle break simultaneously, a few other pointers).
I immediately started implementing these practices a bit at a time…no huge changes here, just conscientiously driving the knees laterally more than I had. Looking better, achieving depth easier l, and developing my infant overhead squat.
Alarmingly, however, my left knee has become extremely sore post squatting. Like the top of my calf, medial patella, and the knee is clicking a lot… I’m thinking that this may be muscular and/or ligaments not being used to the proper kstarr form I have started, and hope it’s merely adaptation to the newer “better” squat. Obviously this is foolish to continue doing if it is causing injury…I HAD an pain-free decent squat before “perfecting” my form.
Has anyone else experienced this when changing up squat form? PS it feels totally fine, better than fine while I’m actually squatting. Thanks for any advice.