20 rep squats
- 03-17-2008, 01:31 AM
20 rep squats
In an attempt to take my mind off of some issues in my personal life I decided to go back to a routine I hadn't done in years. I am about 2 1/2 weeks into a "20 rep breathing squat" routine. At 43 these are some of the most brutal workouts I have ever had. However, I can not complain about the results. All of my lifts are up, as is my appetite and my weight. For me, gaining 4lbs in 2 1/2 weeks is pretty good. When I started this, on the first day I was barely able to squat 200lbs for 20 reps. Today I got 245lbs x 20. I know that does not seem like a lot of weight, but I could not be happier. Hopefully I will be up around 300 x 20 by the end of 6 weeks. I will keep you posted
- 03-17-2008, 01:36 AM
- 03-17-2008, 02:56 AM
I'm using Yellow gold with pre w/o meal. Ragnarok and 1-carboxy pre w/o and creatine/ beta alanine post w/o. Eating 6 times a day keeping protein and carbs up. Milk is a major dietary component of this routine. I am taking in a minimum of 1/2 gallon per day. Thankfully I love drinking milk, so it is not a problem for me. More 1-carboxy at bed time and I am good to go.
03-17-2008, 03:06 AM
03-17-2008, 03:13 AM
03-17-2008, 03:20 AM
03-17-2008, 03:51 AM
At 43 years old, it is not as easy to put on quality weight as it used to be. That being said, I should be able to gain another 5 to 6 lbs by the end of 6 weeks.
03-17-2008, 11:01 AM
03-17-2008, 11:32 AM
03-17-2008, 01:45 PM
I do 3-4 warm up sets before hammering out the 20. Here is a link that explains the program in detail. As you will see, this is a full body routine based around the squat. Mental preparation is critical for this program. You will get big if you stick to it.
03-17-2008, 02:01 PM
I'm willing to donate a few lbs to you off my frame. Free of charge of course.
Best wishes to you. I love this routine as it opening my eyes to what real training is like.
I would get fired from my job if I drink the amount of milk that was suggested by Strossen. I'm super dooper lactose intolerant.
03-17-2008, 03:31 PM
The 20 rep squat routine is a true killer. It really adds some quality mass, if you eat enough. Mark
03-17-2008, 03:56 PM
Hmm. So if I do this for Monday, Wednesday and Friday I'll get huge? It sounds like fun but I don't like the idea of full body workouts... Maybe I'll try it when i start my cycle In April.
Pullovers : 1×20
Bench Press: 2-3 x 10
Seated row: 2-3×15
Shoulder press : 2-3 x 12
03-18-2008, 10:56 PM
I had not done full body workouts in years. This one is the real deal though. By the end of each w/o I am completely exhausted. As MEH pointed out, you have to eat alot! With this routine I am eating more than ever and I feel good, never bloated. There are variations to the routine. Mine is set up like this:
Military press 3x12
Squat 1x20 - after warmups
Stiff legged deads 1x20
You can always add in an isolation movement for your bis/tris if you feel the need.
I was able to get 250x20 today. Came close to getting stuck at the mid point of 20. Concentration and focus are paramount to make this work.
03-20-2008, 12:26 AM
03-20-2008, 05:28 PM
So I have been tring these 20erp squats lately..
When you warm up, what weight do you use, and how many reps?
lol- I did 155lbs for 20 reps, x 3 (20rep)sets- kicked my a$$
03-20-2008, 05:39 PM
03-20-2008, 05:49 PM
03-20-2008, 06:54 PM
03-20-2008, 06:55 PM
03-20-2008, 11:55 PM
My warm up consists of 135x10, 185x6-8, 210x4 with stretching between sets. Then its 1x20. If you are doing 3x20 you are missing the point of this routine. By using enough weight, you should barely be able to complete 20 reps for 1 set. At reps 16-20, I am seriously sucking wind. Did 255x20 today and have gained 6lbs to date.
03-21-2008, 10:45 AM
Previously, I was doing sets of 320 for 6 reps.
The change in reps really threw me-
I may have missed the point, but beleive me, when I finished, I HAD gotten the point, maybe a different one, but a point none the less.
The hormonal response was crazy! ...
When I saw the 20 rep squat on a video, the guy was using 135 I think, which is why I choose 155lbs for mine.
Maybe I'll try 200 next time for it.
03-21-2008, 11:20 AM
03-21-2008, 05:23 PM
03-21-2008, 05:35 PM
I may give this a whirl. i've gotten a little bored with my current routine
03-22-2008, 05:24 AM
03-22-2008, 02:29 PM
There is beta alanine in the Ragnarok I take pre w/o. I doubt I would be able to get through the routine without it. Thanks for the input.
03-23-2008, 01:38 PM
I am finding out first hand how difficult it is to switch your body clock around. Just finished week one at my new job and am now working 1st shift, coming off of overnights. When I eat, sleep, and w/o are all different now. Combined with this workout, it has been very tough. At my last w/o, I got totally stuck at the bottom of rep 17. Hopefully another week will get my new patterns stabilized and I will start to feel better.
03-23-2008, 03:02 PM
03-23-2008, 03:31 PM
I tried the 20 squats as part of a whole body routine today. lost hearing and almost passed out when I sat down after the 20th
03-25-2008, 12:07 PM
When I was a younger, fitter, and stronger man I remember the time that I first really trained legs. My first set was 135 x 25. Even at that light weight I wanted to puke after that one set. Then we worked up to higher weights and lower reps for five sets.
I imagine that squatting heavy for 20 reps is a major ass kicker.
I will definately give this program a try in the future.
03-25-2008, 09:13 PM
It was a good day today. Was able to complete 260x20. It helps that I had Metallica's Master of Puppets ripping through my head set. Also was my 1st time with Axis Labs Hemodraulix. Very nice overall body pump. Calf pump was ridiculous. .
03-26-2008, 09:49 PM
So for you guys that have done this how much are you increasing and by what increments? I read one article that suggested uping the weight 5lbs a workout and doing this 3 times a week so +15lbs a week, I don't know about everyone else on here but I know that I could not handle that. Unless of course this workout is just that badass and 15lbs is doable...
03-26-2008, 11:44 PM
I have been adding 5lbs per w/o. If I get stuck and do not complete 20 reps, I use that same weight at my next w/o. It is doable, but physically and mentally demanding.
03-27-2008, 07:53 PM
03-27-2008, 08:21 PM
last time i did this routine i started out light and then slowly work up the to the heavy #. i know they recomend taking # that can do 10 with and go for 20 but i feel you can stretch the cycle out longer and get better results doing it the way i did. i usually do it after a long run of max # squats. the high reps are truly brutal and effective.
03-27-2008, 09:31 PM
and I can tell the difference on the raising testosterone part too. started doing them sunday (as a piece of whole body workouts) and tonite was the 3rd time. exhausting for sure, I have to take a hell of a rest after those before I do anything else
03-27-2008, 10:37 PM
The mental aspect of this routine is really starting to take its toll. I got stuck again at rep 17 with 265 on the bar. Fatigue and loss of concentration are the enemy and they are getting stronger as the weight increases. I may need to rest 2 days between w/o to complete 6 weeks.
03-28-2008, 01:02 AM
Interestingly enough, I just read about this last night while I was bored at work... I'm trying to incorporate this into my 3 or 4 day split on leg day (today was my first).
I'm trying a variation of it by doing the lift either on the plate loaded Leg Press or Hack Squat. I really have trouble with regular squats due to my knees, but after doing it today, I'm convinced the effect will be the same.
I started with a couple warm up sets and then did 230x20 and when I stood up, it felt like I'd just got shot in the quad and I almost puked. During the lift, I was hurting at 12, and couldn't feel my legs after 15, it was great! The rest of my workout was hell b/c I could barely walk or think...
03-28-2008, 11:43 PM
Sadly I have to end my routine about 2 weeks early. A high ankle sprain from a pickup basketball game is going to keep me out of the squat rack for a few weeks. I am pretty bummed about it. However, I am happy with the progress and the gains I have made with this w/o. Definitely thicker around quads, calves and upper back & chest. Good luck to all how are trying this. It is well worth the pain.
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