Okay, I've decided to spend the next couple of months training Westside style. I've never concentrated on powerlifting before, so I have some questions that may be pretty obvious to those of you (Goldberg, Steve Coppola, Machine, etc.) who are more familiar with this type of training than I am. But I figured if I've got questions, probably there are some others out there who are wondering the same thing. So I decided to start this as a sort of "Westside Support Thread", a la the threads of yore. So if you've got a question relating to this type of training, let's hear it. I'll start us off:
I've been doing box (actually bench) squats for the past week for the first time. I understand the principle pretty well (back arched, sit back, stay tight, etc.), I think, but one thing is bugging me. Is it really necessary to have one's shins at a 90 degree (or better) angle to the floor at the bottom of the movement? I saw Goldie's pic and it looks like his are, and I've seen a lot of discussion about the point, but if I sit back far enough to have my shins at the "proper" angle, I have to bend forward almost double to get the weight moving when I come up.
It feels like this is just a matter of balance, but I'm wondering if maybe it's just an extreme lack of hamstring strength that's the cause. Anyway, any thoughts are appreciated.