Big, thick, strong, powerful legs are the sign of someone who not only looks impressive from head to toe but also possesses the raw power of a true athlete. In ancient Greek art depicting athletes of the day, you see well-proportioned men with massive lower bodies to carry their equally immense upper bodies. The beauty in their physiques stems from both the form and function of their muscularity.
To carry a balanced physique, you need to build huge legs, and there's no better way to develop big legs than by doing big squats. And there's no better way to get big squats than by performing the box squat. Top-level powerlifters who use this form of the squat in their training programs have added 100-200 pounds on their squats! You can do the same by learning how to properly do this squat technique.
Benefits in a Box
The benefits of the box squat are many. First on the list is the fact that squatting on a box forces you to pause at the bottom, which causes you to recruit more muscle fibers to get you out of the hole and back up to the top. More muscle fibers recruited equals more strength and more growth. The second benefit is that you can sit back farther than you could if a box wasn't under you. This places more stress on the powerful hamstrings and glute muscles, which are key movers in this exercise. A third advantage is that you can accurately set how low you'll go in your descent, simply by adjusting the box height. Last, but in no way least, the box is a great tool for teaching yourself proper squatting technique — and the heavier your squat gets, the more important technique is.