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Pure Water
08-21-2011, 12:59 PM
Hey guys, I want to learn how to box squat now and I had a question about stances. I've read Louie Simmons' article on why you should box squat, I've watched Dave Tate's video on how to box squat and of course I've seen the So You Think You Can Squat? series by Matt Wenning.

Louie Simmons' article: http://www.elitefts.com/documents/box-squat.htm
Dave Tate's video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbCaLZ8a0cw
SYTYCS? series: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkF9QD7oCIA

Louie says to have a really wide stance in briefs and Dave has his client standing really wide. But then you watch the SYTYCS? series and Matt lets his client use whatever stance that he wanted to.

My question is: If I'm a raw lifter, what stance should I be using for box squats? Also, if it makes any difference, I have to use an aerobic step-up platform with a few square things underneath it because my gym doesn't have any boxes.

Thanks.

gmen5681
08-21-2011, 03:34 PM
Hey guys, I want to learn how to box squat now and I had a question about stances. I've read Louie Simmons' article on why you should box squat, I've watched Dave Tate's video on how to box squat and of course I've seen the So You Think You Can Squat? series by Matt Wenning.

Louie Simmons' article: http://www.elitefts.com/documents/box-squat.htm
Dave Tate's video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbCaLZ8a0cw
SYTYCS? series: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkF9QD7oCIA

Louie says to have a really wide stance in briefs and Dave has his client standing really wide. But then you watch the SYTYCS? series and Matt lets his client use whatever stance that he wanted to.

My question is: If I'm a raw lifter, what stance should I be using for box squats? Also, if it makes any difference, I have to use an aerobic step-up platform with a few square things underneath it because my gym doesn't have any boxes.

Thanks.

"raw" squatters are general coached to go slightly wider than shoulder width.

but do what is comfortable. it looks like you are trying to do more reading than learning. go get under a bar and see what works best for you.

that box is fine, i used to use the square things but then place a 45# plate on top when i was at a commercial gym. rather than having to set up 2 stacks of steppers or whatever they are called.

moral of the story, stop over thinking it, keep good form and SFW.

Pure Water
08-21-2011, 03:46 PM
"raw" squatters are general coached to go slightly wider than shoulder width.

but do what is comfortable. it looks like you are trying to do more reading than learning. go get under a bar and see what works best for you.

that box is fine, i used to use the square things but then place a 45# plate on top when i was at a commercial gym. rather than having to set up 2 stacks of steppers or whatever they are called.

moral of the story, stop over thinking it, keep good form and SFW.

Haha, I've been told this twice for lifting now. I guess I just gotta do what I like. One last question, what does SFW mean? Stop Fing Worrying? :D

thecityalive
08-21-2011, 03:48 PM
Yes.

gmen5681
08-21-2011, 04:02 PM
Yes.

No.

http://sfw.urbanup.com/1894479

thecityalive
08-21-2011, 04:22 PM
NOOOO!
:bow:

gmen5681
08-22-2011, 10:28 AM
NOOOO!
:bow:

haha

mastermonster
08-22-2011, 11:29 AM
Pure Water, I have our guys box squat in whatever stance their competition squat is. I've got several teens who are competing raw now and squat relatively narrow compared to our older equipped guys. Also, we don't deload onto the box. We just use it as a gauge/target to reinforce sitting back as much as possible relative to your stance and to learn the 'feel' of where 'depth' is with the box height adjusted to each squatters meet depth. Louie's guys are mostly equipped and squat very wide like I do so that's probably why you see the wide stance on their training vids. Bottom line is just use your normal stance and keep perfecting your form. More weight will then follow. And 'never' let the weight get ahead of the form. That's a big injury waiting to happen. Good luck, and I'll say this. The only bad question is one you don't ask. If you're not sure ask away! Someone on here has surely had the same question at some time, and you can benefit from their experience.

Pure Water
08-22-2011, 03:07 PM
Pure Water, I have our guys box squat in whatever stance their competition squat is. I've got several teens who are competing raw now and squat relatively narrow compared to our older equipped guys. Also, we don't deload onto the box. We just use it as a gauge/target to reinforce sitting back as much as possible relative to your stance and to learn the 'feel' of where 'depth' is with the box height adjusted to each squatters meet depth. Louie's guys are mostly equipped and squat very wide like I do so that's probably why you see the wide stance on their training vids. Bottom line is just use your normal stance and keep perfecting your form. More weight will then follow. And 'never' let the weight get ahead of the form. That's a big injury waiting to happen. Good luck, and I'll say this. The only bad question is one you don't ask. If you're not sure ask away! Someone on here has surely had the same question at some time, and you can benefit from their experience.

Thanks! I'll probably be hitting up the gym tonight for some more box squats :) .

And for SFW, now I get it! Awesome thing lol!