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Squat Critique


#1

Ladies, and Gentlemen,
I have a question for you. I work out at home in my garage at odd hours due to my job kids etc..
Last night while doing squats. I purposely used a 5 gallon paint bucke t and set it up just beyond my rack. I loaded my bar, got into position and pulled 3 perfect sets. I intentionaly set the bucket up so when I squated my glutes would touch the bucket. This little trick allows me to go lower than parrallel and get a really good burn. I also find it very useful when concentrating on lowering the weight at a slower pace, and not having to worry about a knee wadding up while decending. Another thing I like too is I can pause before I bring the weight back up.
I adopting this idea because I lift alone and I like to lift heavy this offers me an oppurtunity to, if necessary to pause and gain composure , or dump the bar if necessary. When using the bucket and squating I can do normal sets with my quads below the normal plane of parrallel, not quit ass to grass.
The question I have is, has anyone else tried something of this nature, and what kind of results did you get? Is it worth the added effort to go ass to grass?


#2

You basically explained a box squat. Yes they are good for training out the hole of the squat.


#3

Yes; how often though depends on your goals.

Great for balancing out the knee joint (VM/VMO development), hypertrophy, and what some folks call "honest" leg strength (more load directly on legs, less on back and glutes than a PL squat).

-Dan