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Old 08-16-2012, 10:57 AM   #19
Chris Mason
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Re: Why should you use box squats in your box?

Originally Posted by Frances Ballesteros View Post
Chris, I'm curious as to why you prefer parallel box squats as opposed to below parallel box squats.

Also, I heard wide-stance box squats are great for building the posterior. Would this be done to parallel to?
First, I recommend the majority of box squats be done with a wide stance.

I prefer parallel because there is a fine line in terms of the benefits to be derived for absolute strength between load and depth. Unless you are Olympic squatting and thus getting the elastic rebound aid of bouncing from the bottom, going below parallel (without using said rebound effect) can significantly reduce the load being used. As parallel provides a sufficient ROM, is all the depth required in competition, and allows for a greater load, I feel it is best for the majority of one's training.
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