Squats Continued… Box Squats

A further point of discussion is the merits of box squatting. Box squatting is as simple as it sounds, squat, sit down, stand up. However, the position and distribution of the loading is important as is your back position when seated. With spinal pressures increased in a seated position I am not one who recommends full loading- be it back squat or front squat with a full seat contact- for me it’s one of those points that I have not seen anyone hurt themselves but the fact that tension in the movement is lost during the seated portion of the movement I believe may not have an optimal carryover for function. I tend to teach a touch rather than a full sit as tension is maintained- this in turn though tends to take away from the aspect of the hip drive and being explosive as fatigue builds due to the continuous tension in the lower body.

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Ian Mellis MSc. CSCS is the co-founder of Results FAST (www.resultsfast.com)based in Ware, Hertfordshire. Specialising in athletic development, physique improvement and injury rehabilitation he provides personal training, strength and conditioning and nutrition coaching for motivated exercisers and those looking to make a long term change to their health, fitness and performance.

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