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

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?
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    Lee, wait until you can taste bile next time...Heheheh

    Mark, I am still on stronglifts so it's squats three days a week for me.
    I love 'em, until I get to the 4th set. ; )

    3500 days ago
  • RLMCCOY124
    I suppose I'm in the woos category! I always let up when I sense that I'm about to puke. :-)

    3500 days ago
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