Squatting by Sean Nalewanyj
Sunday, June 26, 2011
I had to post this because this is, in my opinion, the BEST description of how one should attack weight training. The current program I follow is one by Sean Nalewanyj. This guy is amazing, and using his program I have been able to make some pretty good strength gains.
Here is how he describes doing his squats. (taken from http://www.teenbodybuilding.co
It's just me and the weight. Nothing else. I drive my heels into the ground as my body rises into the upright position. I take a deep breath...That's 1. I descend once again, my thighs hit parallel, and I drive back up.... 2. I can feel the loaded bar digging into my back now, but it doesn't phase me. Again I squat down, and back up.... 3. I'm starting to feel it now. Acid burns my thighs as my calves begin to tighten up. There's no room for submission. I won't give in. My concentration like a laser beam, I continue the set... 4... 5... 6... I'm finding it difficult to stand now, as my body sways slightly forward. I'm feeling light-headed and I don't know how much more I can take. But still, I won't stop. Not until every ounce of strength is taken from me. I bend down, digging deep for those last few slivers of strength. As if my life depended on it, I drive up with an explosive force of will. I'm moving slowly, but the bar hasn't stopped. I continue my assault on the weight, pushing higher and higher. For what seemed like an eternity, I have finally completed the rep... 7... But any hardcore lifter knows that it ain't over till it's over. I squat down once again as the gods of pain taunt me. With every remaining fiber I push like I have never pushed before, but it's too little too late. The bar won't move an inch, as I set it down on the pins and collapse. My stomach turns. The pain is surrounding me like a pack of wolves, but I can't help grinning. I know I've given everything I could possibly have given. THAT is intensity. THAT is squatting.
I try to envision this when I am weight training. I have a long way to go to achieve that kind of intensity, but I am working on it.....
How intense are you?