Thanks for carrying on the Gironda tradition. My question concerns hack squats and sissy squats. Vince always recommended various forms of front squatting with the heels raised, and or hacks and sissy squats. These exercises have always been rough on my knees (I feel like my kneecaps are being blown off), and some sports-medicine people say they can cause long-term damage. What would Vince’s solution to this be?
Vince used to laugh at the utter ignorance of the so-called sport-medicine experts. Personally, I find them to be as dumb as medical doctors (nutritional ignorance).
I have never had the problems you describe when I performed the hack squats correctly on a properly designed machine. But, for joints to be healthy, your glands must be healthy, and that’s one reason why Vince recommended that bodybuilders take glandular supplements. You also have to look at the parathyroid, the only gland in the body that does one thing: it helps with calcium absorption.
So, what you might have, my friend, is a grave deficiency of calcium, magnesium, sulfur, manganese, EFAs, trace minerals, and poly and mono saccarides. Your synovial fluids could be depleted. In essence, you might not be very well nourished. No animosity meant. I can help you, but it will take a little time – 3 or 4 months to rebuild your knees.
Four years ago I came up with a joint-relief kit for bodybuilders and weightlifters called “Joint-EZ”; but, when they found out it cost $46 they moaned and groaned, despite the fact that they were willing to pay much more money for other supplements and other questionable things. Remember, in most cases, the intelligence level in many gyms isn’t any higher than your socks. (This is putting it mildly compared to what Vince thought on this topic.) As Vince Gironda said, bodybuiding is 85% nutrition.