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10 Minute Squat Challenge - Any Brave Enough to Try?


good question.

I really havent done much squatting for the past year. I had a period earlier this year that I was able to squat for about 6 weeks in a row, but the pain came back.

Early last year, I began to develop tendonitis in my left patellar tendon. The key to healing from this particular type of injury is generally rest. You have to stop stressing the tendon to let it heal. Well, I was constantly competing and training for comps last year. I did one about every 2 months. So I never gave my knee time to heal. I took off most of December, and when I got back in the gym, I was able to squat again, as mentioned above, but the pain did come back.

I believe the right knee injury came from leg extensions. It’s pain across the top of the patella. One day, after leg extensions, I felt the pain, and it has never gone away since then. Again, rest is likely the solution.

I had planned to take about 3 months to work on healing from my injuries after Nationals, but I don’t get to do that since I qualified for World’s. After World’s in September, I will work on the problem.


There was a cool squat challenge on Brian Alshrue’s (sp?) site:

With 40% 1RM.

You squat 2 reps EMOM, adding 2 reps every set. So…

Minute 1: 2 squats
Minute 2: 4 squats
Minute 3: 6 squats
Minute 4: 8 squats

Minute 12: 24 squats

And so forth until you cant get your squats completed in the minute - re-racking is okay.


“Stupid is as Stupid does.”

Kenny Croxdale