Fitness professional Bret Contreras demonstrates how you can find your ideal squat depth and deadlift starting position. As a personal trainer/sport performance coach, I want my clients/athletes to squat to just below parallel (i.e., hip creases just below the top of the knees), as long as they can also maintain proper spinal positioning. As Bret indicates, sometimes a person is limited by their anatomy (e.g., hip structure). In other cases however, the individual is limited by their strength or mobility. Sometimes a person can squat deeper by simply checking the ego and reducing the load on the bar. Quarter-depth squats at 250 pounds are not better than parallel or slightly deeper squats at 150 pounds.