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    Some Obvious Lessons About Powerlifting Gear

    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!

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    IRL my name is Trent Hazerboy's Avatar
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    Sounds like some sound advice - especially from another kansas cityian!

    Where do you train?

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    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.

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    ^^ 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.
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    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
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    Current lifts-------Goals-Aug 2011
    SQ-953------------SQ-1050
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    DL-737------------DL-800
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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hazerboy View Post
    Sounds like some sound advice - especially from another kansas cityian!

    Where do you train?
    I train at my house with a small group - what about you?

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