smith squats are harder (used them for a few months) really forces u to keep the bar on that straight up and down line the whole lift, helped my squat alot actually lol
lol smith squats harder?
Anyways I don’t like box squats for the most part, they might be good to use with gear but for regular squatting I don’t find any benefit. I don’t have a great box since I had to make it out like the pilates stuff but still don’t see the benefit. It messes up my squat form and makes it harder for me to get into my normal squat rhythem. I generally squat olympic style also so the box I had was just awkward and when I had it too low put too much stress on my knees.
If your having trouble out of the hole, or hitting depth you should just be practicing normal squatting. Many olympic weightlifters are some of the best squatters in the world and don’t do any box squatting-not to mention doesn’t seem that popular with IPF/USAPL-. The westside ideas seem to be held as the ONLY way you should train for a lot of people. They work for them, but they are a VERY small group of people compared to how many people lift. Most people just squat normally and its the most natural movement you can do.
If you have trouble squatting normally you should really be working on that before you go messing with other stuff, especially when you have the most problem at the bottom. [/quote]
in 5 weeks i went from 5x5 90kg on smith to 5x5 120kg on smith, but i think a good bit of that was getting used to the motion. i was using box squats so i could overload my legs a bit more and also for a smallish change from normal squating.
ive also been coached them for rugby, something about reactive muscles, like the motion comes to a stop and your leg relax slightly then have to fire completly again.