Yup, it’s true. I’ve been reading T-Nation for a few years now, and lifting as well. I’ve gotten pretty big and strong, but have let myself go over the last 6 months or so, I had to relocate and my wife had a baby, so my time to lift has been slim to none.
Things have changed. I’m back in the gym now, albeit in a different one, in a different city, and I’ve been able to reconnect with one of my best friends from auld lang sine (scots translation: “long long ago”).
We’ve decided to be workout partners, but there’s a problem: HE DOESNT BELIEVE IN SQUATS. According to him, he made great progress in the marine corps without ever doing squats, so why do them now? I replied that “verification is non-scientific” and of course, he rolled his eyes at me.
I’ve told him the benefits I could recall off the top of my head (strength, stabilization, explosive power, energy systems, work capacity, etc), but I think he needs to read some of the top strength and conditioning coaches in the world espouse the greatness of this incredible lift.
If any of you have favorite articles that talk about the greatness of the squat (and front squat too!), PLEASE post a link or two for him here, I’ll be dragging him here eventually, but some good reading will certainly help convince him.