Originally Posted by BigTallOx
I don't think going ATG is by any means necessary to build size and strength. By some of the attitudes I've seen it does seem that going ATG is some sort of a cult.
I don't either Ox. I don't think they are necessary, and I have never purposely performed them other than one or two warmup sets where I allow myself to sink deep into the hole with a moderately light weight. But like I said my body type sucks so my "below parallel" are almost ATG anyway.
But with that said, I do see some heavy squatters with less than massive legs and often wonder if ATGs might help them? I don't know, but I wonder.
I respect the guys that want to do them but:
A) I can't really go any deeper anyway without killing my lower back.
B) I don't know enough about ATG squats to really care about them.
I go an inch or so below parallel, always have and probably always will. I know some guys can naturally go crazy deep. If they can do it and it feels good, rock it like Dokken.