The box squat is a very powerful exercise that can be used as a supplement to the regular barbell back squat. If you haven’t taken the time to read the barbell back squat article, I suggest you check it out to learn some tips for proper squatting. Use the techniques in that article and apply them to your box squat in order to improve results, and increase safety.
The box squat is performed just like any other squat. There are only a couple of technique changes for the box squat. First, you should spread your feet just a little wider than you would for a normal squat. This positioning is different for everyone, so just use an empty bar at first to figure out what’s most comfortable. Also, the box squat allows you to lean back into the exercise a bit more since you will be sitting on an object. This activates the muscles in a slightly different manner as compared to the normal squat.
To begin the box squat, set up a tall box that will be right behind you. The box should allow your legs to make a 90 degree angle at the knee when you sit. Load up a bar with weight and get it up on your shoulders as you would with a regular squat. Once you’re ready, squat down until you’re sitting on the box and then stand back up. This should be a slow, controlled motion. It’s as simple as that.
Box Squat Technique Video