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Old 11-09-2011, 10:59 AM   #1
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Does anyone have a reference for box heights for box squats? I'd like to build one for my wife that will take her to parallel, but she's only 5' tall. I may make it adjustable (I weld as a hobby. I also made a sweet pulling sled out of 1" square tubing.), but I need a starting point.
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Yeah, I've seen that one. I can build one just as strong for the cost of shipping alone. There are benefits to having a couple specialized skills!

To be honest, I don't even think that would go down far enough for her. I've read that 12" works well for most average people, so for her I think only adjusting to 11" wouldn't be deep enough for deep squats.
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Two questions:

Is she going to do box squats on it or squat onto it to measure depth? If the former then parallel is as low as she needs to go. If measuring depth then yes, lower is needed.

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Can you weld me one and ship it to the UK?

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Two questions:

Is she going to do box squats on it or squat onto it to measure depth? If the former then parallel is as low as she needs to go. If measuring depth then yes, lower is needed.

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Can you weld me one and ship it to the UK?

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Haha, you need to get some crafty friends!

I wanted to give her the option to use it either way. She's extremely flexible, so I'd like her to be able to use it to measure depth so she gets used to stopping at parallel or just below, but I'd also like her to be able to do real box squats as well. Before she decided to take up powerlifting she did olympic squats ATG, and she could almost literally touch her butt to the ground with her bodyweight on her back for reps.

She's a bit of a little beast.
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Can you weld me one and ship it to the UK?

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I made one out of 2x4's and wood screws. It's survived 4 years of my big bum bum and dropping dumbbells on it.

I ship to the UK.
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Sounds like I should make one. I want it adjustable though....

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Haha, you need to get some crafty friends!

I wanted to give her the option to use it either way. She's extremely flexible, so I'd like her to be able to use it to measure depth so she gets used to stopping at parallel or just below, but I'd also like her to be able to do real box squats as well. Before she decided to take up powerlifting she did olympic squats ATG, and she could almost literally touch her butt to the ground with her bodyweight on her back for reps.

She's a bit of a little beast.
Sounds like she'd probably go quite low then, so adjustable would be perfect. Have you considered asking her, concerning the topmost height and the lower/lowest she'd like to go on box squats? Since we're all different, height and flexibility; it might give more initial idea if you had her squat and then measure etc...just a thought...and then you could decide between you on the specs.


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I've read anything between 12" and 16" by a lot of powerlifters.
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