Yes, you are right. I agree with you.These are all high. Your hip crease needs to (barely) descend below the top of your patella.
The problem with squatting high is twofold:
1. You’re not getting as strong as you could be, not getting the hypertrophic benefits of eccentric muscle micro trauma, and generally everybody knows you can’t actually squat the weight you’re showing.
2. There’s no way to repeatably quantify how high you are. In other words, if you squat 225 two inches high, it’s quite likely you’ll squat 275 three inches high and 315 four inches high and 365 five inches high. At that point we have no idea whether you’ve gotten any stronger or if you’re just cutting off ROM to move more weight.
For a real-life demonstration of this phenomenon, go to any High School football team weight toom and watch what they think passes for a 405 squat.
I would argue that depth always matters, even if you don’t compete.
Chris, I seem to be responding to your posts this morning.You can't argue with a fully closed knee angle.