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I love box squatting and have been preaching the benefits of them to my
soccer buddies for getting them stronger and faster. However, I read
this today from Charles Poliquin on T-Nation when asked about box
"I never use them. With athletes, you want the most bang for
your buck, the highest return, because you only have eleven weeks on
average to train them during their off-season. So the choice of
exercises becomes really important. The problem I have with box squats is that their application is limited to powerlifting. Essentially in the box squat, your shins don't travel forward. Now I don't know of any sport where the shins don't travel
forward for propulsion. So the mechanics of the box squat aren't found
I'd love to hear your opinion on this statement. I read a lot of Charles
articles and find him very informative but this statement is sure to
ruffle a few feathers. Happy Christmas!
I’m sure that there will be a lot of arguments on internet forums because of Charles’ statement. Let the “box-squatters” vs. “Olympic squatters” debate begin!!
Those of you that regularly read my website
know that I am a big advocate of box squatting for many
reasons: I feel box squats are easier to teach than “Olympic
squats”, they strengthen the often overlooked posterior
chain, you can set the depth of the squat so every rep
looks exactly the same, they don’t place as much
stress on your knees, you can recover faster from box-squatting,
etc., etc. My list of the positive benefits of box squatting
can go on and on.
Now, I agree that in almost all sports the shins travel forward for propulsion, BUT, I do not feel that we have to mimic this with EVERY lower body strength training exercise. Remember that all work performed in the weightroom is GPP (unless you are a powerlifter or Olympic weightlifter). Because of this, I just try to choose exercises that help strengthen all of the muscles that are used in an athlete’s particular sport. This is how my program has evolved and it’s how I came up with my main lower body template. For example, the reason that we almost always follow box-squatting with a quad-dominant, unilateral movement is to create “balanced” strength in the athlete. Since box-squatting emphasizes the hamstrings (because we’re sitting back and our shins are remaining somewhat perpendicular to the floor), we follow this with a quad-dominant, unilateral movement in which the athlete’s shins DO travel forward during the exercise. (This strengthens the quads to a greater degree than box-squatting. These exercises also help to keep our athletes flexible because most of them require a much larger range of motion, compared to box squatting.)
Developing this type of “balanced” strength & flexibility in the weightroom IN CONJUNCTION WITH PLAYING YOUR SPORT is what makes your strength “sport-specific”.
With all that being said, there is no “be-all, end-all” exercise in the weightroom. As much as I believe in box-squatting, there are MANY athletes out there that have succeeded in their sport without ever performing a box squat. This also holds true for many other exercises. The moral of the story is to find out what works best for YOU!
Q: Joe DeFranco –
First off, I received your Super Strength dvd and I’ve already watched it 4X and plan on watching it again. It is just what this industry needed and I’m recommending it to every coach I know. As far as I’m concerned, BFS is dead and the “Super Strength” method is the wave of the future. Now onto my question – do you have your athletes perform max effort & dynamic effort exercises throughout the entire season? If not, how long do you wait after the season before you reintroduce them?
Once again, great job coach and thanks!
Thanks for the feedback on Super Strength! All the hard work that was put into that DVD really turned out to be worth it…I was looking through the orders yesterday and the DVD has already sold in all 50 states and 9 different countries! I can’t tell you how cool it is to actually be able to help people from all over the world with their training goals. I truly feel blessed to be in the position that I am in. Anyway, enough sentimental crap, let’s get to your question…
We perform max-effort work with our athletes ALL YEAR LONG. During the in-season, we don’t usually work up to a “true” max set, but we will strain with weights for 3-5 reps to help maintain (or gain) strength; and although I don’t like performing max singles during the season, we may perform a couple singles at 90% of the athletes 1RM on max-effort day. The thing to remember is that in-season training is never “engraved in stone”. We are always tweaking the program according to the athlete’s practice schedule, the intensity of the previous week’s game and the health of the athlete. But the bottom line is that we still incorporate some max-effort work into our athlete’s programs during the competitive season. Remember that getting strong in the off-season is worthless if you’re not able to use that new-found strength when you really need it (during the season)!
Unlike max-effort work, we do not always perform dynamic-effort
training with our athletes during the season. A lot of
time, performing dynamic work in the weightroom is overkill
during the competitive season. For example, we rarely do
extra plyos or dynamic work with our basketball players
during the season because most of their day is spent running & jumping.
In my opinion, these athletes should be focusing on max-effort
work, muscle maintenance and injury prevention when they’re
not on the court. This isn’t to say that we never
have any of our athletes perform dynamic exercises during
the season; in-season dynamic training is dependant on
the sport and the individual athlete’s needs.
If we did not perform any dynamic-effort exercises during the competitive season, we usually re-introduce them about a month into the off-season. We usually start with some form of jumps onto a box. Box jump variations are a great way to “remind” the muscles how to fire rapidly without placing too much stress on the body due to the lightened landing.
Q: Coach D – I’ve been DYING to hear
your thoughts on the dude that got kicked out of his
gym for grunting!! You believe that shit?! Whats goin
on with this world. we now can’t grunt at the gym??
I must preface my statements by saying that I am not too familiar with this story. I’m so engrossed in my own world of training athletes & running my business that I rarely read the paper or watch the news. Basically, all I heard was that some guy got kicked out of his gym for grunting and now he may be suing the gym (hopefully I have my story straight). I also heard that this was a nice “health club” and not a “gym”. (This information is important for me to form my opinion.)
O.K., you may be shocked, but I have mixed thoughts on
this one. Obviously, the first thought that came to my
mind was, “It’s a friggin’ gym!
Of course you should be allowed to grunt!”If
all the guy did was let out a little grunt when he was
straining to complete the last rep of a set, there isn’t
anything wrong with that; it’s a gym and you should
be able to push yourself a little in order to achieve your
goals. With that being said, I have a feeling that it was
more than that…
Everyone who is reading this right now could tell me a story of “that guy” in their gym. By “that guy” I’m referring to the guy who yells, screams, grunts and basically just tries to draw attention to himself. Every gym has “that guy”. You know “that guy”…the guy who can’t bench press 2 wet socks yet he’s “strong enough” to “shrug” 585lbs. “That guy” isn’t strong enough to squat off a toilet bowl with the Sunday paper, but he knows how to throw 16 plates on the leg press machine and do a couple quarter-reps as soon as the girls from the Pilates class walk by. I can’t begin to tell you how much I fu*king hate “THAT GUY”!
The thing that really pisses me off about “that guy” is that “that guy” always seems to find his way to the nice health clubs. If you think you’re hardcore, wouldn’t you go to a hardcore GYM, not a carpet & chrome health club that caters to housewives? But the answer is “that guy” wants the attention. “That guy” would be eaten alive at a hardcore powerlifting gym where guys are REALLY strong; so he goes to the carpet & chrome health club where he can stand out. It’s very sad, yet very true.
Now I don’t know if the man who got kicked out of the gym for grunting was “that guy” or not. If he was “that guy”, I feel the health club had every right to kick him out if they cater to the “general fitness” population.
The bottom line is that there are “GYMS” & there are “HEALTH CLUBS”. If you’re into lifting heavy weights, sniffing ammonia & using chalk - join a “GYM”. On the other hand, if you find heavy weights, chalk, ammonia & loud grunting offensive, you should have the right to join a “HEALTH CLUB” and be able to workout in a clean & quiet environment without being intimidated.
To each his own…
Q: Mr. DeFranco – I just wanted to tell
you that your protein bars are the best damn bars on
the market! I just want to make sure they aren’t
banned by any high schools or the NCAA. Are they ok for
me to eat if I plan on playing college athletics next
Thanks for all you do coach!!
Glad you like the bars! And DON’T WORRY; they are NOT banned by any high schools or the NCAA. They are perfectly safe for high school & college athletes to eat. So enjoy the taste & enjoy the performance enhancing benefits of the DeFranco Energy Bar!
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