Box squats

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  1. Abomb

    Abomb New Member

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    are these really bad for your knees/back? since they are speed oriented im assuming, what % of my max squat weight do I want to be doing and how many reps / set ?

    some big black dude (upper body) with super skinny legs came up to my friend and I in the gym the other day and said guys you shouldnt do box squats you could fuck your back up and we just kinda looked at him like :ugh:
     
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    They are easier on your knees. They're fine on your back as long as you have proper technique, but that goes for any exercise.
     
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    I box squat every week and I've squatted 903 in competition and have 30" quads. Tell the dude with skinny legs to STFU!!!
     
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    I box squat every week and I've squatted 655 in competition and have 28" quads. Tell the dude with skinny legs to STFU!!!
     
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    I never boxsquatted and have never competed and have 24" quads. That's why I started (box squatting) a few months ago... finally.
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    i dont get what he means by speed oriented? i go slow as hell with box squats so i dont slam down on the box/bench.
     
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    IMO they're not as good for building your quads as full range olympic squats are
     
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    I find them much easier on my knees though. Next to my left elbow, my knees are getting pretty bad as well. I'm sure the sprinting I've taken up doesn't help.

    Maybe the fact that most of my ATG squats were actually this narrow have anything to do with it? Or its just issues with the back as you mentioned?
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    the more focus that is put on the quads, the harder it'll be on the knees
     
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    Ceaze is right on both accounts. Box squats took away all my knee problems and made my hamstrings grow.
     
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    While I've widened my stance for box squats... its still barely much wider than shoulder width... any benefits or consequences to doing box squats like that or should I still try to widen it further to a regular power lifting stance?
     
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    As long as your knees do not come over your feet then you're fine. You'll do more weight if you get use to going wider. Point your toes out so that your knee tracks directly over your foot.
     
  13. Neo22

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    ya its a lot safer with the knee following the foot. Otherwise its injury time!
     
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