Box squats yay or nay?

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POLL: Box squats yay or nay?
Yes I love them. 52% (11)
No I hate them. 14% (3)
Never even heard of them 33% (7)
fedorwins1
2/25/07 12:15:31PM
Our strength and conditioning coach has us do box squats and they are much harder than regular squats. If you have never heard of them its when you have a small wooden box and when you are squating you sit down on the box and relax then explode back up. My question is are you a believer in box squats?
MrGreeny
2/25/07 12:50:14PM
I'm not sure it's the same but in my previous camp we did cardio with upside down benches.... Jump up, down, sit & jump etc... I kinda HATE them
Absolutely mindblowing exercise after the whole training...

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We did a very 'nice' exercise too.. First you do the squat and when you stand, (very fast) you make a front kick (Mae Geri)
Chec22
2/25/07 2:17:39PM
I would rather just do regular squats, jump squats, or hindu squats. I guess he is going for an explosive kind of move, but jump squats do the job nicely. Whatever works I suppose.
MattHughes
2/25/07 4:15:43PM
I do them and believe in them.
Svartorm
2/25/07 6:57:26PM
I think my kneecaps would shoot off if I tried that.
We_Todd_Did
2/26/07 5:25:28AM
Oddly enough, I've always found box squats to be easier on my knees (but a little rougher on my lower back).As a result, I can do a bit more weight with them (620 x 3 box squat versus 570 x 3 regular squat).I've always had good results from them, but I don't go for mass building as much as just pure strength, so YMMV.And no, they're not necessarily the same.
Jeffanori-Gomi
2/26/07 2:30:47PM

Posted by Svartorm

I think my kneecaps would shoot off if I tried that.



A friend of mine is an olympic power lifter hopeful, and on the national bobsled developmental team. He's just finished his degree in human kinetics and is a wealth of knowledge in strength conditioning. Doing squats past 90 degrees is much easier on your knees and also works your gluteous medialis and some other muscle groups I forget the name of (noob=me). doing squats hitting ass to ankles is much better for you.
Svartorm
2/27/07 2:24:32AM
Both my knees are junked though, so I wouldn't dare risk it. I do hindu squats with a weight vest, and go for reps, as I can't handle too much weight.
Stickan
3/2/07 8:46:38AM

Posted by Jeffanori-Gomi


Posted by Svartorm

I think my kneecaps would shoot off if I tried that.



A friend of mine is an olympic power lifter hopeful, and on the national bobsled developmental team. He's just finished his degree in human kinetics and is a wealth of knowledge in strength conditioning. Doing squats past 90 degrees is much easier on your knees and also works your gluteous medialis and some other muscle groups I forget the name of (noob=me). doing squats hitting ass to ankles is much better for you.


That's great to hear. I've been doing ass to grass squats all my life and never had any problems with my knees but I've been worried about them since I usually train with relatively heavy weight.
Thanks.
jdubs
3/2/07 8:13:26PM
isnt that why we do cleans
Mahoney
3/4/07 2:22:35AM
Never done box squats, but have done many box sprawls. Jump up on that same wooden box, jump back down, sprawl .....so on and so forth.
madmarck
3/4/07 1:38:52PM
so are box sqauts easier on your back or harder?
floridamma
3/29/07 4:25:49AM

so are box sqauts easier on your back or harder?

we did them in high school for basketball training. they are harder i would say, because when you sit on that box the weight is transfered from your legs mostly to your back. it doesn't kill your back necessarily, just alot of pressure for that split second you're sitting, especially if you're squatting with a lot of weight like we were. overall, though, they're great for explosiveness (vertical jump in our case), as well as being a decent overall strength exercise.
Mastodon2
3/29/07 4:05:27PM
Sounds like a great exercise, Im gonna work it into my training!
Rush
3/30/07 8:51:10PM
I don't like squats because the weight is too hard on my shoulders.
fedorwins1
3/30/07 8:54:24PM

Posted by Rush

I don't like squats because the weight is too hard on my shoulders.



ur not doing it right then, ur body has a natural shelf for the weight and u must be putting it on a bad spot.
Rush
3/30/07 9:15:28PM
I might not be doing them right, but was squatting a lot of weight for my size. Even with a pad on the bar, it still hurt more than I liked and left huge strawberries on my shoulders.

I am happy doing plyo now and am not missing doing weights one bit.
fedorwins1
3/30/07 11:18:05PM
whatever works
Rush
3/30/07 11:33:27PM
Yup, different things work for different people.
FortySixBelow
4/4/07 1:54:53PM
BOX SQUATS ARE THE SHIT...

PROOF IS IN THE PUDDING BOYS!

I used to play football in university...i blew my ACL one season... Took me 7 months to get back into squatting again. I had no time to sit and do a hypertrophy phase and knew i had to squat often to get my strength back. BTW, i squatted like 455 in testing that year before the ACL went.

Box squatting is FAR EASIER on your knees...think of sitting back on the box and you will find the relationship from knee to foot(ie knees over ankes) is WAY better and less stress on the knees, especially for us taller guys...

I came in to testing after 3 months box squatting and regular squatting...in fact box squats became my staple warm up exercise...it teaches you to move in the proper way.

I came into testing...hit 475...


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