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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Itís no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

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    Box squat height

    I was wondering if anyone here who has built there own box for box squats could tell me how tall their boxes are. My friend going to be building two next week (one for low box squats) and one for regular box squats. So far he has been able to get by using a half bench for his regular squats which sits lower than normal benches, but he really needs to build one for lower box squats.

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    Well people use all different hights. It may also depend on the weak points you want to stress. I've read some doing like 4" but that seems , well for the advanced ???
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    Hmmm, I squatting off 11.5 inches, I'm 5'7. It's a bit below parallel. It's not even a box though, it's a stool you stand on lol.
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    I'm 5'10 and I do mine off of a 12" box. 4" box squats would be rough!

    Edit: I have long legs, so this is far below parallel for me.
    Last edited by Hockey66; 10-21-2005 at 08:10 PM.
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    I'm 5'8" on a good day and I use a 10" box for low box squats - it is way below parallel (basically ATF) for me. I could probably add 3" and still be at or below parallel.

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    I rarely do low box squats, and when I do it's off 10". I generally use 12" and I'm 5'6" this puts me about 1.5" below.

    Bill, I've seen where some people make 4" boxes and stack them. Maybe you're thinking of that?

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    Do you guys actually "Sit back" (pause for 1-2 seconds) or do you just squat down and touch the box with your ass?
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    no drew actually read about some girl using a 2" box, keep it clean boys. Myself can't imagine a benefit of going much less than parallel
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    Wow, that's low.

    SkinnySad: Sit BACK, pause for a split second and then up. Really push your ass back and sit back. If you try to sit down, your knees will move ahead of your toes, putting you in a very bad squat position.

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    I used to do them without sitting back, when I started sitting back I noticed my weak spot was my quads? Does this make sense ?
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    Depends on your height and variables such as sticking points.

    The lowest I've ever taken it down to is 8.5 inches

    Quote Originally Posted by SkinnySadMan
    I used to do them without sitting back, when I started sitting back I noticed my weak spot was my quads? Does this make sense ?
    Are you releasing your hip flexors at the bottom
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    Quote Originally Posted by SkinnySadMan
    I used to do them without sitting back, when I started sitting back I noticed my weak spot was my quads? Does this make sense ?
    No, it doesn't make sense. What kind of stance are you using? Where are your feet placed in relation to you body and the box when you start to drive from the bottom? Are you driving your head up and hips through? Are you keeping your chest spread and a tight upper back?

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    Your weak spot isn't your quads. Your weak spot is your size. You need to gain more weight and get your whole body stronger and not worry about specific weaknesses. A 200 squat is very good for someone your age and size, but the only thing holding back your squat now is a lack of size, so keep getting bigger and keep working. Your quads aren't doing the work when you squat back with a wide stance.

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    I didn't mean I was actually weak there, but I felt that "struggle" feeling when coming off the box, then the rest of the rep feels good.

    When I don't sit on the box I don't feel that feeling in my quads.

    Stance is wider than shoulder width, toes pointed slightly outwards, I keep my upper back tight, and air sucked into belly.


    ..............baaahhhh forget about it... lol.
    Last edited by SkinnySadMan; 10-23-2005 at 07:28 PM.
    5'7 425 lbs. 85% bodyfat Need to gain 20-40 lbs.

    New journal - http://wannabebigforums.com/showthread.php?t=86957 Boring I know, but whatever.

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    If you're struggling when coming off the box, then KEEP doing them, that's your weakest spot, so keep working it.

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