When doing a box squat you sit down on a box. The height of the box should be such that you are in a sitting position with your hips lower than your knees. Try them with an empty bar first to get the feel for it.
Try pointing your toes outward just a bit. The guy that owns the gym I go to is a powerlifter. Powerlifters almost always go wide stance. He suggested pointing toes out to me when I had similar problems. Powerlifters also do a lot of box squats, but I'm not sure why.
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Originally posted by Terok`Nor
when I try to put my feet parallel in a wide stance, I can only squat upto the quads being parallel, and any lower than that my hip flexors start hurting
how can I improve this to deep squat?
I've been told box squats help but I don't understand how?
This was my problem too.
I can go Parallel now. you just have to give it time and be sure to stretch before you start your squats.
When my feet are closer together and not pointed out, I can go arse to the floor no problem. Only thing with this is, you have to make a concious effort to squeeze your quads and glutes on the way up and down. Focus.
Wide stance sucks if you're not used to it. You're muscles will however eventually adapt. Just keep practicing. When I first started powerlifting I began using wide stance, after my muscles stopped hurting I found it a lot easier when pushing up heavier weight. But, for workout I seem to get a much better burn from just regular stance.
Yep, if I put my feet parallel it does hurt even more
I'm not a PL but I do intend to lift the most weight I can for squats, so I go as wide as I can before I can't go deep squat anymore. i guess i'll just keep at it