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    SHOULD you Squat Every Day?
    I'm sure some of you have tried this and if so how did you like it?
    I never attempted such a program as the time I'd spend getting to and from a gym ED isn't practical. Now I have a home squat rack though which frees up much more time and allows flexibilty so I am giving this a shot.


  2. Quote Originally Posted by ericos_bob View Post
    SHOULD you Squat Every Day?
    I'm sure some of you have tried this and if so how did you like it?
    I never attempted such a program as the time I'd spend getting to and from a gym ED isn't practical. Now I have a home squat rack though which frees up much more time and allows flexibilty so I am giving this a shot.
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  3. What are your fitness goals, at least in relevance to legs

  4. Both strength and size. Improving my power to weight ratio to 2.5x BW for olympic squat.
    At present I'm at 420lb and weigh 200lb
    The past 3 days of this program I've been squatting 285 for 3x12.

  5. Subbed. I just got a squat rack for home use and I thought about doing this very same protocol.
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  6. I do like being able to spread out the volume over 7 days. My squat workout takes all of about 10 minutes ED. Important for me as to stay motivated I prefer to keeping workouts short and intense. It's day 5 and I feel the weight is getting easier to move. I feel I'm settling into the groove. No DOMS anymore. So far, so good

  7. I'd encourage you guys to read the HST FAQ before squatting every day. It covers neurologic fatigue/recovery vs muscular fatigue/recovery. Concepts are tailored primarily toward hypertrophy but have worked for busting strength plateaus for me as well. And when this thread is based mostly on frequency training, I'd go to HST for reference.

    I'm not saying you must do HST. I'm just thinking I'd never personally never reach my goals squatting every day bc of the immenant crash.

    I'd dig up the link but I'm on the toilet at the moment.

  8. I've done it every other day and loved it

    Come August I will be doing squats/deadlift rotating every day as warmups 5x5

    Pray for me

  9. It's worked well for some people, I'd like to see if I'm "some people". I'll give HST a read while I stay the course.

    I plan to stay at 285 for 3x12 for the next 3 months atleast as opposed to increasing load. When 285 comes up as fast for reps as 225lb does I may move up.

    Putting the numbers together GVT has you squat 6xmonth for [email protected]% or 600 rep total

    Squat ED is 30 [email protected]% or 1080 reps a month. That's a big jump in volume over GVT.

  10. Quote Originally Posted by ericos_bob View Post
    It's worked well for some people, I'd like to see if I'm "some people". I'll give HST a read while I stay the course.

    I plan to stay at 285 for 3x12 for the next 3 months atleast as opposed to increasing load.
    Am I understanding this as, doing it every day for 3 months?

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  12. Quote Originally Posted by ericos_bob View Post
    Both strength and size. Improving my power to weight ratio to 2.5x BW for olympic squat.
    At present I'm at 420lb and weigh 200lb
    The past 3 days of this program I've been squatting 285 for 3x12.
    Do you have a layout to increase your percentages/power/strength after your first volume month?
    I mean, if you are going to build your rep to singles ratio, (like I understand say first lower weight say70% ie: volume, then power 80%+ then strength 90%+ as in say the Russian/Fred Hatfield's % program!?)
    The article made some sense to me and I am somewhat familiar with Broz, not all that much however, but it looks like you are following something slightly different. Are you doing it to manly beef up your volume and certainly work/fitness capacity as well?

    #420 not bad for your BW. I was never much built for the squat, more pulling/deads.
    How/what kind of routines, did you use to get your original squat up to over #400?

    Just out of curiosity, how tall are you?
    ...And eating enough too.
    I admire your enthusiasm...!


    Quote Originally Posted by Legend
    Come August I will be doing squats/deadlift rotating every day as warmups 5x5
    I kinda found as others, the deadlift on a regular 3x perhaps weekly basis, was a different animal. Granted I was in my late 40's early 50's at ther time so your age may be a good factor, however I was not able to continue over 4-6 weeks the almost daily beatings along with a full time job. Deads I think, may have something to do with the grip or irridation causing fatigue. The squat is different in that way. YMMV.

  13. I'm 5'11

    I'm borrowing from a few training ideas and customizing to suit my needs/goals. Incorporating past experience of what works best for me in terms of both strength and size. I've run smolov several times in the past which contributed to much of my gains. Also 20 rep squat routines were successful, low rep strength routines not so much. I most recently ran GVT but as the training frequency was quite low (training legs E5D) I would be incredibly sore for 3 or 4 days between workouts not to mention I didn't gain much for my efforts in a 6 week run. I felt like training once every 5 days just didn't grease the groove.

    My take on the 7 day a week training protocol is to keep reps in a range at which I respond best and get a tonne of practice in. More geared towards maximal hypertrophy than strength. 285 being my pet weight during this time frame and I'll slaughter it every which way until it comes up easy as an unloaded bar. Rest periods will reduce and I'll play with tempo with the goal to eventually push out 1x30. That would also push my 1rm to around 500. I don't really care too much for testing a max, predictions are good enough.

    I'm definitely a squat guy as the movement feels very natural to me. DL's I don't train. They always felt awkward and without rhythm.

  14. Rest periods will reduce and I'll play with tempo with the goal to eventually push out 1x30. That would also push my 1rm to around 500. I don't really care too much for testing a max, predictions are good enough.
    Okay, that makes some sense. It appears you do well with higher reps transferring to your single. When I was able to do #275x25, my 1RM was about #415. But I do suck more at squatting. So your single goes up almost #200 more, where mine was only around #125 or so.
    Too, when I did deads for higher reps, I could get #485x20 in the TB dead, but only able to hit #560x1. (not even #100 more!) After I spent work doing lower reps near 85%+ and more multi sets, I moved my rep ratio to singles up. My reps in the conventional DL were around (#405x18-20) but hit #625x1.

  15. Currently doing this. Have noticed my legs have gained considerable size in just three weeks. Also noticed I'm not as sore as normal. For the first few days my CNS was so taxed after workouts I felt like I had sensory issues. All I wanted to do was lay in a dark room.

  16. PaulBlack, you've got some strong lifts mate! I do have a slightly higher than average transfer from high reps to maxes. I exceed the 1 rep max calculations based on a 12rm.

    Nice work LAH813, I'm just a week and half in and +1/2" on my legs. I'm very happy with the results so far. I'm already lifting 285 much easier for reps than day 1. I'm assuming it's mostly CNS adaptations from the daily squatting. I had a flat couple days around day 5,6 into it aswell.

  17. How long do you plan to stay the course. Are you working up to a max each day and any issues with knees/other from all the squatting?

  18. I used to do this all the time. Chest day I'd knock out a few reps of 225. Did squats 7 days a week for like 6 months or something. Switched to a push pull legs program. My legs are rarely sore now

  19. Did you gain well squatting every day? Yesterday I went for a 15km hike in some rugged mountain country. My workout following suffered.

  20. Myself, I'd think I'd be sacrificing intensity for frequency. Maybe that's a good thing, but more than twice a week just seems a lot to me unless you've got any "special help"

  21. It is very high frequency and certainly not ideal for everyone it just happens to be working well for me at this point. So far exceeding every recent squat protocol I've run from the last 2 years and matching my first run of Smolov as a beginner in which I gained 100lb. My gains had slowed dramatically when my ATG hit 400lb or so. If I keep gaining at this rate (it's unlikely but who knows) I could hit 500lb in 3 months.

  22. I used to do 6 days a week- different weights/reps/movements. I also used to do Smolov programs. All I can say from personal experience:
    Eat well
    Do all movements strictly and focused
    Listen to your body -joints, etc

  23. Thanks for the advice mate. Joints are finally starting to come good nearing the three week mark. First 2 weeks everything hurt. knees,groin,lower back etc. My confidence was down feeling sore into my workouts I had concern for injury. The last 2 days have felt great though.

  24. 3 weeks of daily squats and i got the flu. Reluctantly took 10 days off and got back into it today. My strength has surprisingly skyrocketed in the down time. 285 feels like 220. Had to double check I'd loaded the bar correctly. Anyway it's back to the plan. Good times ahead.
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