The spine injury thing is bullshit… if your form is good. As far as replacing squating with box squats, and this is speaking from experience, don’t do it. Not for everything anyway. Like it has been mentioned, everything has it’s place. I switched all of my squatting to box squats for the last 2 years because I broke my back and free squatting heavy weights scared the shit out of me.
My box squats got awesome (680 for my best), so did my deadlift, but my free squats went to shit(660, which isnt terrible but no improvement=shitty). Personally, I think it is because you teach your body to not rebound out of the hole when you break up the eccentric/concentric action (like when you sit on a box).
Box squats are excellent for teaching form, dynamic efforts, and occasional max effort work. As far as it taking the place of your free squats, that’s not a good idea.[/quote]
Personally I doubt I’ll ever compete. I’m more interested in athleticism (a big squat as well). Today was my first day actually doing box squats, and I have to say I loved them everything felt so much more powerful. I could focus on pushing the weight instead of everything else thats going through my head in a free squat. For our assistance we did some higher rep squats after working up to our 5rms. I ended up getting 16 for 2 sets with what I though I was going to get for 8 or 9, and my partner got 20 with the same weight. As the fatigue set in it seemed like it was easier to focus on the pushing the weight.
I realise for a powerlifter that doing no free squatting would be retarded, but as far as someone who would be content with a big box squat whats your opinion on that STB?
On the side I’ve read about your deadlift on these forums and no that you pull more then most people will ever hope to. Louie mentions in a few places that box squats have a lot of carryover to the deadlift. Do you think a lot of your Deadlift strength carried over from box squatting?