I think I am going to try to use this smaller "squat" rack (not really a squat rack but it may be tall enough) at my gym to do squats. I've been squatting in the Smith Machine (as I mentioned in another thread) because there was no squat rack or the like.
When I was in high school football, we did squats in squat cages and we went to parallel. In the Smith Machine, I try to go parallel - but, to be honest, they may have been partial squats. I know they were not deeper than parallel simply b/c I was under the impression that going deeper meant injury (and this opinion has since been rectified).
My question is this, however... if I am going to be starting SS-style squats, how should I do this? I don't have a spotter, so I have to rely on myself in the mirror for form. I know the SS book refers to having a trainee squatting all the way down and then pressing the elbows against the knees to get the feeling of where the knees should be and where the bottom of the squat should be... am I supposed to go that low?
Also, in the Smith Machine, I was doing 205 lbs. @ 12 reps for 3 sets, but they weren't all the way down past parallel. Can anyone suggestion perhaps a work load weight to target? I was planning on doing what SS recommends where I would start with an empty bar and move up as warmup sets.
Any thoughts are appreciated. I looked at the Squat Rx vids but at least in the first few I'm not seeing anything about simple squat form.
[EDIT]: also, this little mini-squat rack does have some tracks leading out of it. I'm inclined to squat above these at first provided I can get low enough simply b/c of the lack of a spotter... I assume this is ok?