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2003/10/14 12:35:32 (permalink)

Box squats

Who performs westside box squats here?

I just seen some heavy box squats performed with perfect form.

This fella is a beast when it comes to squatting and he p*ssed 400 Kilos.

I had a chat with him and he says he performs box squats mostly and chucks a couple of normal back squats in when he feels like. He told me he didn't train totally westide, he just mixed and matched his own workouts that benefited his training most.

This fella makes it look easy but I bet it can be a nightmare on the lower back if performed sloppy.

Anyone here find the box squat helped there squat?

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    Frankie NY
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    RE: Box squats 2003/10/14 17:15:54 (permalink)

    The box squat can be useful in building the standard squat because it forces you to kind of stop at the bottom before pushing up. This is harder, so your standard squat can go up.

    Many of the guys do them at my gym, but as I think you're pointing out, if you plop down on the box, you can compress your spine with the weight. I recommend two safer alternatives.

    1. Use a cardboard box or square piece of foam. This allows you know where to stop and begin pushing upwards but also gives a little in case you plop down too much. Obviously, you do these inside a power rack with safety pins.

    2. My experience is that bottom position squats done in a power rack are harder but more productive and safer than box squats. I try to encourage guys to do these instead, but any exercise starting from the bottom is harder, so not everyone listens.
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