Well, we moved the box down this week for squats. Couple of things that all of you that use gear probably know. But for me I have been raw up until a few weeks ago, so I guess this is to help those like me:
1. You can't just setup and go on a lower box while in gear. The groove is very important and movement forward or back in that groove may cause a missed lift.
2. Gear that fits well is a must. Take the time to talk with your supplier of choice and get thier input as to what size you need.
3. Have great training partners when learning a new piece of gear. This should go without saying, but they may save your life if in a bad situation.
As my videos showed, I hit 695 and 735 to a higher box (about 1-1.5" high), but after moving down to about 1" below I missed 700 based on number 1 and 2 above. It will go soon, but I wanted to try and help out the others out there thinking of making the switch. Train hard!
Sounds like some sound advice - especially from another kansas cityian!
Where do you train?
Don't train on a box. You don't compete on a box, so there's no need to train that way.
Train exactly like you compete. Free Squatting and Squatting to a box are 2 completely different movements.
^^ would you suggest a box for overall leg growth?
also, if this is the case, why is it suggested to break the concentric cycle by incorporating a box in your squats?
Last edited by ZenMonkey; 01-10-2008 at 08:16 PM.
I dont know about not using a box, i used to never use one now i almost always use one. But my box is always lower than my parallel. But i see Mark n Scott use a box n they both squat over 1000lbs in comp so..... And my squat has gone way way up since using a box.
26yrs old, 6'2'' 300lbs
I like Powerlifting, Strongman and Scottish Games
Total 308's - 2353lbs PRO Total in SPF
Total SHW's - 2402lbs
Elite Total in UPA, APF, IPA and SPF - 308's and SHW
Current lifts-------Goals-Aug 2011
I agree to not train on a box when training for PL leading up to a comp. I train primarily for Strongman and to become stronger overall. We will definitely be rotating free squats when I get some briefs that fit.