Box squating is an underutilized tool. The box squat is able to build your squat pattern from the ground up. It also adds a safe spark to your explosive strength and power work. The box squat has created a reputation for being a dangerous squat variation that only powerlifters should use. This causes many lifters and athletes to avoid this staple squat variation. When properly executed, the box squat transcends populations and is one of the safest and most effective ways to load the squat pattern. The box squat places greater load on the larger, squatting muscles of the hips, glutes, and hamstrings. … This enables a deeper squat and the lifter to sit far back on the box, putting the glutes and hamstrings in a stretched position and the shins at or past perpendicular to the floor.