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Cheap Box Squat Foam Pad Options?

I have some ideas… but I have no idea if they’re good ones haha. There’s this foam pad thing at my gym that does an okayish job, but it’s very very dense and I don’t sink into it quite as much as I want. Does anyone have any ideas?

Cushion from a cheap couch, you know, one that isn’t all that comfortable because the cushion is not very soft.

wheelchair foam cushion is an option.

http://www.easycomforts.com/buy-wheelchair-foam-cushion-302921

child booster foam blocks is another.

http://www.booster-cushion.com/

each is $20-$25

I tried an old couch cushion. Was too soft. Was like not even having it. I use an old archery target. It doesn’t really sink in too much, just a little, makes my rear feel better and simulates that little bit of give in a squat suit, in the hole.

I went to a local upholstery shop and asked for the thickest, densest foam they had. He cut me off a square for like 20 bucks. I’ve had it for 5 years and it still works great.

[quote]StrengthDawg wrote:
wheelchair foam cushion is an option.

http://www.easycomforts.com/buy-wheelchair-foam-cushion-302921

child booster foam blocks is another.

http://www.booster-cushion.com/

each is $20-$25

I tried an old couch cushion. Was too soft. Was like not even having it. I use an old archery target. It doesn’t really sink in too much, just a little, makes my rear feel better and simulates that little bit of give in a squat suit, in the hole. [/quote]

Just the person I was hoping to see in this thread! You always seems to have good ideas about this stuff. I’m thinking the child booster because it looks easier to carry in and out of the gym. I just wish they showed the dimensions of it. Have you seen one in person?

[quote]Monopoly19 wrote:
I went to a local upholstery shop and asked for the thickest, densest foam they had. He cut me off a square for like 20 bucks. I’ve had it for 5 years and it still works great. [/quote]
Awesome idea!!!

How big is your box? Do you have a number of different sized boxes??

tweey

[quote]Fletch1986 wrote:

[quote]StrengthDawg wrote:
wheelchair foam cushion is an option.

http://www.easycomforts.com/buy-wheelchair-foam-cushion-302921

child booster foam blocks is another.

http://www.booster-cushion.com/

each is $20-$25

I tried an old couch cushion. Was too soft. Was like not even having it. I use an old archery target. It doesn’t really sink in too much, just a little, makes my rear feel better and simulates that little bit of give in a squat suit, in the hole. [/quote]

Just the person I was hoping to see in this thread! You always seems to have good ideas about this stuff. I’m thinking the child booster because it looks easier to carry in and out of the gym. I just wish they showed the dimensions of it. Have you seen one in person? [/quote]

ha, glad I can help. Maybe call those folks and ask the dimensions. hey, here’s a few more options / ideas for ya…

Barbershop kid cushion / booster. on Ebay right now.

Maybe even a MMA kick pad? Got a cool handle on it too. and when your not squatting on it you can beat the shit out of it. :slight_smile:
http://www.mmafightingwear.com/combat-sports-coachs-cube-mma-kick-pad.html

I really like the idea of the kick pad, but unfortunately it’s way out of my budget. I’ve decided on the child car booster seat. It’s the least expensive, fairly portable, and it seems like the one that’ll fit the best on the plyo box I use for box squats.

Thanks for the help! I was about to duct tape yoga blocks together haha.

That booster seat pad should be great. Let me know how it works. I might have to buy one too. Yoga blocks are great for foam presses if you’ve never done that. Just stick it under your tee shirt and bench. Same height as a 2 board only it can squish in to about a 1 board if you have enough weight on the bar. Really helps give my rebuilt shoulder a break from pressing.

Unfortunately, the child booster seat pad is a no go. I can easily press my fist in from each side and touch each other. I can even sit down on it with just body weight on a hard chair and reach the bottom. I’ve already got the yoga blocks b/c of your suggestion a couple years back so I’ll try tying them together with the yoga strap and see what happens. I’ll give the booster seat a shot for long car rides or for a desk chair if I ever work in an office.

Fletch man, found this site. I’m thinking I’m gonna try a few of these foam blocks as they are cheap. Check it out man. carolinacustomfoam.com

I was thinking the 5in thick high density foam would be ideal. What were you thinking of trying?

[quote]Fletch1986 wrote:
I was thinking the 5in thick high density foam would be ideal. What were you thinking of trying?
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yeah man, I’m thinking that 5"er would be awesome as well. He’s got a closed cell pad also that may serve well as a base pad of sorts. Could get some rubber cement and glue them together for a more total package.