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Box Squat Questions


#1

I've only been lifting for about a month and a half. I tried box squats for the first time yesterday. Well, I can box squat as much as I back squat. What does this say about where my weaknesses are hammies, quads, glutes, lower back?

Also,what mental cues or what sort of feeling should I be going for to improve my back squat? I was under the impression most people can back squat more than they can box squat. Thank you in advance for any input.


#2

Most people can Squat more than they can box squat due to the fact that the Stretch Shortening cycle (SSC) that occurs in a normal squat is illiminated when performing a box squat.

Ques I use for squating:

-SATY TIGHT! contract every single F-ing muscle in your body.
-Keep weight on heels.
-Always look up. (you'll go where your looking)
-hold breth (consentric phase) when squating heavy. Creates more internal pressure.

those are the major ones I think about while squating.

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#3

Look at the Dan John PT thread for today, it has his squat notes from the Boot Camp in it.

DD