Wow! Thanks for the info. guys. I thought this topic might be a little too simple to get much of a response. I was hoping for maybe an article or two with a few comments.
After being on these forums for the last few years, I have to say that I always love it when people get you going on a good argument. Differing views bring out so much great info.
What would be the best way to allow my athletes to gauge where parallel is? I have two “safety squat” beepers from BFS, but I’m not sure if I like them and I will have a lot more than 2 athletes working out at one time. I thought I read somewhere that touching a 12″ box works well. Would that be about right? I would like to have something to help them gauge how low to go, especially in the beginning. Plus, I won’t always be ablt to watch every workout or rep.
I think ‘Starting Strength Barbell Training’ and ‘Practical Programming’ both books by coach Mark Rippetoe are among the best sources to learn the correct back squat and other big lifts. He also has a Q&A;at strengthmill.net