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Good Squat Program? 100 Lbs in 10 Weeks

I found this on through google, would this be a good program to do in order to get a 2x bw squat??

The squat is arguably the best exercise that any athlete can perform. Overhead press, bench press, and deadlifts rank right up there too, but I digress: No one wants to have a weak squat. To be considered ‘really strong’ you should be able to squat 2x your bodyweight. Back in college I was regularly squatting 450 or so at a fluctuating bodyweight of 190-210 lbs. I have no genetic gifts when it comes to muscle size and strength. If I can lift 450 anyone can, so man up and put in some effort.

The goals of this workout plan
are:

  • Increase overall leg, lower back, and core strength
  • Condition your cardiovascular system with high rep squats
  • Add some girth to those thighs through higher rep hypertrophy of the quads and hams
  • Spend some time really practicing and perfecting your squat form

We will use the principles of progressive linear overload, high intensity training, and training frequency, to facilitate progress.
The Basics

Complete just one squat workout per week.

Your form must be impeccable on all reps. It will not benefit anyone for you to train your squat with improper form.

Elements of proper barbell back squat form:

  • Keep your head up at all times; it helps to focus on a point above your head when you are driving out of the hole.
  • Keep your back straight at all times; if your back is rounding you should address this as a weak point in your training.
  • Drive with your hips rather than just relying on your lower back or your quads. Your hips should essentially ‘thrust’ your body up into a standing position.
  • Your legs should maintain a straight line, with toes pointed ever so slightly to the outside. If your knees buckle in or drift out, you should address this as a weak point in your training.
  • If you are attempting to use the program by squatting in a smith machine, or anything other than barbell front squats or barbell back squats, don’t leave a comment and don’t try to contact me. I don’t even think you should be using this program until you are ready to start barbell squatting.

When increasing your loads by a certain percentage, it’s alright to round up or down to the nearest number that’s easy to load with the weight plates you have. If you calculate that you need 232 pounds for a set, it is OK to use 230, and so on.

Don’t forget to eat properly. You should be consuming a healthy diet of lean protein, fruits, vegetables, and low glycemic carbs to keep your body healthy, energized, and recovered. Use proper post-workout nutrition and sip Gatorade, Biotest Surge, or some other drink with high GI carbs during your workout.
The Program

Breathing squats - a set of squats where you perform as many reps as you can comfortably, and then pause at the top of each subsequent rep by taking a couple deep breaths in order to re-energize your system. In this manner you should be able to double the number of reps you are capable of in each set, but the sets will also take 2-3 times as long too, so be prepared.

For all sets on all weeks, perform breathing squats as outlined above. With breathing squats, you do not rack the bar until the set is complete!

For all sets on all weeks, rest up to 90 seconds between sets.

Before you start this program you should record your current PR stats. You might want to record a 1, 3, 5, 10, or 20 rep max. You might also want to measure the circumference of your legs to see if they grow an inch or so. Whatever interests you.

Follow the following 10 week program exactly and you could increase your by squat 100 pounds:

  1. Perform 3 warm-up sets of no more than 3 reps, steadily increasing the weight with each set. Then choose a weight that you would normally be able to squat for no more than 10 reps and perform three sets of 12 breathing squats.
  2. Perform 3 warm-up sets of no more than 3 reps, and then add 5% to 10% to the load you used in Week 1. Perform 3 sets of 15 reps.
    Example: if you used 200 pounds in Week 1 for 12 reps, you could use up to 220 pounds in Week 2, stopping briefly to take deep breaths after the 12th, 13th, and 14th rep in order to complete the set.
  3. Perform 3 warm-up sets of no more than 3 reps, and then add 5% to 10% to the load you used in Week 2. Perform 2 sets of 20 reps.
  4. Perform 3 warm-up sets of no more than 3 reps, and then add 10% to the load you used in Week 3. Perform 3 sets of 12 reps.
  5. Warm up with 4 sets of three reps per set, and then add 5% to the load you used in Week 4. Perform 3 sets of 15 reps.
  6. Warm up with 4 sets of two reps per set, and then add 5% to the load you used in Week 5. Perform 2 sets of 20 reps.
  7. Warm up with 4 sets of two reps per set, and then add 5% to the load you used in Week 6. Perform 3 sets of 12 reps.
  8. Warm up with 4 warm-up sets of three reps, and then add 5% to the load you used in Week 7. Complete 3 sets of 15 reps.
  9. Warm up with 4 warm-up sets of two reps, and then add 5% to the load you used in Week 8. Complete 2 sets of 20 reps.
  10. This should be an active recovery week. You can’t hope to continue to make linear progress forever, so take is easy this week and consider changing your workout plan to focus on a different goal after this week.

After the active recovery week, you should go ahead and test all those PR numbers that you recorded before you started the program.

If you follow these guidelines carefully, you could add 90-100 pounds to your 20-rep max squat in just over two months. Trust me when I say you will be improving all aspects of your conditioning by trying this working for just 2 months. Be prepared for a bit of initial Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) as this will shred your muscle fibers.

link

http://www.articlesbase.com/muscle-building-articles/increase-your-squat-by-100-pounds-in-10-weeks-566496.html

this has already been posted.

Sheiko

It would maybe work for a beginner, but a 100 lbs increase of 20 reps means I would be doing 496lbsx20 reps in two months. Sorry, but it aint gonna happen.

Squatting once a week is going to work, but I’d rather have a program with more squatting pr. week. No matter what, the program looks insanely hard, if you do it as outlined. I would like to se anyone do 3 sets of 12 breathing squats with their true 10rm max.

  1. Perform 3 warm-up sets of no more than 3 reps, and then add 5% to 10% to the load you used in Week 1. Perform 3 sets of 15 reps.

Allright, I would like to se an experienced lifter do this…

If a lifter has a true 10RM of 440lbs, he has to do 312 @ 440lbs of breathing squats the first week, and then the second week 315 @ 462lbs. That’s just plain silly and ain’t gonna happen…

If you are a beginner and not that strong, and you eat like an elephant, it could work.

For instance, you have a 10RM of 132lbs, first week would be 312 @ 132lbs with breathing squats, and the second week would be 315 @ 138lbs, that’s more like it is doable. If this guy then proceeds through the whole program, according to the author he should be doing perhaps 210lbs x 20 reps. If we guess he was able to do 110lbs x 20 in the beginning. That would be a 100lbs increase, and that I think is doable.

I dunno this is dumb man lol.

There’s TONS of ways to get the squat up fast. You could do Madcow and that will add quite a bit of lbs. Reports of 40lbs in the squat in a pretty short period of time without burning you out immensely…but you gotta put the work in of course.

Monday

Squat 5x5 same weight each set

Bench 1x5 (ramp up to max set of 5)

Row 1x5 (ramp up to max set of 5)

Wednesday:

Squat 5x5 with 15-20% less than Monday

Deadlift 5x5 with straight weight

Military 5x5 with straight weight

Pullups 5x5 with straight weight

Friday

Squat 1x5 ramp up to max set of 5

Bench 5x5 straight weight

Row 5x5 straight weight

Phase II

Monday

Squat 3x3 (straight weight)

Bench- 1 x 3 (ramp up to max set of 3)

Row- 1 x 3 (ramp up to max set of 3)

Thursday or Friday

Squat 1 x 3 (ramp up to max set of 3)

Bench- 3 x 3 (straight weight)

Row- 3 x 3 (straight weight)

you would do the first phase for 4-6 weeks (4 weeks is more realistic) and then the 2nd phase for 2-4weeks…you could go up to 4x a week if gains are still being made…pretty simple and effective for strength.

Havent done the more complex programs yet, but madcow ftw. It gave me a 410lb squat at 160lb bw. 2x body weight is not strong unless you are a fucking tennis player or something.

As wendler says, if you want to get better at squatting, then squat.

[quote]666Rich wrote:
2x body weight is not strong unless you are a fucking tennis player or something.

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This is absolutely awesome