Why don’t you apply chad’s Progressive movement training?
Use the safety bars as the level of which your squat is at and do eccentrics, bottom up.
I think box squats are fine just that you still need to do full ROM to improve in squats.
I personally add pistols to improve my single leg strength and grind out the strength imbalances
Hold on there bud. I like Chad just fine, but let’s not start calling progressive movement training ‘his’. Have you ever heard of Paul Anderson? Do you know how he trained?
OP: I do not know of a single soul who has developed a decent competition squat by using a Smith. I also don’t know a single powerlifter who squats at all on a Smith machine. There must be one out there somewhere, although I can’t fathom why anyone would do this. Hopefully you can find a way to do real squats in the near future.
back to uni in 2 weeks, back into a hardcore powerlifting gym. then im good to go.