QuestioQuestion to thoughtful Westsiders:
In his book, ?The Strongest Shall Survive: Strength Training for Football,? Bart Starr criticizes Box Squats for putting undue stress on the lower back. Namely, relaxation of the lumbar musculature allows for potentially harmful movement of the spine while it subjected to tremendous weight.
Intuitively this seems to make sense. In addition, Bart Starr is a reasonably creditable source; he is no weightlifting slouch (successful competitor, coach, and professor at John Hopkins). On the other hand, many reputable strength coaches favor Box Squats and have been exceedingly successful using the exercise.
Here is what I want: can anyone give solid, well-thought-out, arguments or evidence contrary to Starr?s claim. For instance, does Mel Siff weigh in on the side of Box Squats (I?m looking at Goldberg; you?re reading his book, right?)? Experience counts as well; has anyone been Box-squatting for over ten years? How does your back feel. Mainly, I want to avoid the ?WTF? and ?that?s BS? responses?
What does the T-think tank have?
n to thoughtful Westsiders: