Box squat question

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  1. ericande

    ericande Active Member

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    I did box squats for the first time today and have a question about the height of the box or bench. I grabbed the only movable bench I could find and when I went all the way down my thighs didn't go to parallel with the floor. Should they or is this how box squats are? If not, do you just stand on a couple 25s or something?

    Here's today's weak #s
    http://forums.offtopic.com/showthread.php?p=91649893#post91649893
     
  2. Ceaze

    Ceaze https://hearthis.at/DoYouEvenUplift Moderator

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    A bench is ok if you don't have anything else to work with. I use aerobic steps. I wouldn't risk standing onto and off of plates, one misstep and you could injure yourself.
     
  3. Falconer

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    Oh man I love box squats.

    I did a few squat cycles* doing almost only box squats which greatly improved my normal squat weight. After I finished the last cycle I set a new PR in squat.

    After each box squat workout, however, I would do a few reps of regular squats with just 135 on the bar. My reasoning was that the groove of box squats is pretty different from the groove of regular squats. Even tho the motion is the same, the fact that you're sitting on a box and the tension comes off your legs for a moment will make doing regular squats feel really weird when you go back to them, so I would do a few at the end of each workout just so my body didn't "forget" what they were like.

    *I mean workout cycles, not roid cycles.
     
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    thanks for clarifying!! i was wondering for the longest time if you were on gear
     
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    I could go grab some of those steps depending the club I go to. When you set them up, do you stack them so when you sit your legs are parallel then?
     
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    That's how I did it. So my real squat (ATG) was actually a little lower than my box squat, which is the other reason I always did a few real squats after each box squat workout.
     
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    Cool, good info.

    I felt it way more in my quads which made sense, especially seeing that chart Ceaze posted awhile ago.
     
  8. MaineSucks

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIOtAdvvcks

    this is the bench I used in college when the parallel box wasn't available... I'm 5'10 with a wide stance and am still 3"+ above parallel. Aerobic boxes will support you just fine... I've taken 650 + bodyweight off one before and wasn't worried
     
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    kilian You've got quite a treasure there in that Horadric OT Supporter

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    :rofl: thought the same thing
     
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    :bowrofl: had to watch it twice cause the first time i was just staring at the kid
     
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